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Outdoor Learning

Fresh air, fun & friendship

Our school  is set in 60 blissful acres of  grounds and we believe our children deserve to make the most of them - by playing and exploring their natural surroundings. 

That’s why our children spend a lot of school time outdoors: supporting our curriculum lessons, playing, or taking part in a numerous clubs and activities at lunchtime or before and after school.

In fact, the outdoors is integral to everything we do. Our children enjoy regular lunchtime picnics under their year group’s specially adopted tree. Meanwhile the Nursery has its own designated woodland area for play and older children spend time in the Bluebell woods where they’re free to build dens and explore. They can also pond-dip from the pontoon, use the purpose-built bird hide, or test their skills on our newly-built low ropes course!

It’s all part of letting our children discover what they love and excel at outside the classroom.

Pond Dipping at the Pontoon

Pond dipping at the Pontoon


Bird Hide

Our Bird  Hide is used by all the children at Chandlings from Nursery up to Year 6.  We have managed to not only spot birds from it but also wild animals.


Bluebell Woods and Low Ropes Course

The Bluebell Woods are a wonderful place to explore and build dens and with the addition of our Low Rope Course the children can now learn new skills including team building, resilience and determination.




STEM Playground

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Here at Chandlings our aim is to allow children to learn skills in STEM as well lesson based subjects.   With this in mind, we have created a new STEM playground full of equipment (poles, planks, crates, gutters, gutter stands) to enable the children to develop their STEM skills.




Nursery Woodland

Our younger children have their own Forest School where they can visit on a daily basis.

Apple Pressing

Every year Chandlings’ pupils and staff bring in hundreds of apples and pears from home in order to make juice.  This initiative is organised by the school’s Eco-Council. The school hires the apple crusher, apple presser and pasteuriser from a local company and each year group from Nursery right through to Year 6 have the opportunity to press the apples.

Nursery Garden

Our Nursery children have their own special garden that they can play in every day.  They enjoy water play, driving around in their own little cars, play in the mud with their trucks, imaginative play and can even stroke the guinea pigs!

Green Woodworking and Willow Den

Children can take part in the Green Woodworking club which takes place in the Willow Den near the Eco-field.  They made spoons and catapults from ash, willow, hazel and elder using hand tools.  They also created a Pole Lathe and a Shaving Horse.


Adopt a Tree

Each Year group is allocated a tree within the school grounds which the children visit during the school year in a variety of contexts throughout the academic year.

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