Outdoor play boosts learning at Brackenfield
Outdoors learning has been given a boost for the youngest children at Brackenfield School.
Excited pupils at the Harrogate-based preparatory school enthusiastically tested out the school’s latest interactive investment, which has been specially designed to present the children with fresh challenges, adventures and opportunities for development, while interacting with the natural world around them.
Headmaster Joe Masterson said: “Outdoor Learning is one of the four areas of a powerful mission we use to focus our children’s achievements here at Brackenfield School.
“We strive to ensure that while revelling in technology as a means to excite, ignite and redefine learning, a strong sense of balance is also retained for our pupils towards human connection, nature and the outdoors.
“We are lucky to be endowed with many leafy trees and specific outdoor learning areas on site, including our recently renovated nursery facility.
“It is in the happy and stimulating environment of our Nursery where the foundations are laid for the rest of each child’s education.
“Children who join Brackenfield Nursery are soon happy and confident in their new surrounding and rapidly become integrated into the Brackenfield School family.”
The innovative new area is home to a variety of fun and interactive activities, allowing the young explorers to interact with the outdoor environment.
Children can develop their creativity and confidence while expressing their imagination on the mirrored stage, and work on their problem-solving skills and co-ordination in the garden centre, mud kitchen and pebble pit complete with weighing scales and spades.
Another focal point is the ‘reading rainforest’ corner, where children are encouraged to take their favourite books outside to enjoy a story with their friends and teachers on the circle of log stools.