Learning outside of the classroom is an important part of life at King’s St Alban’s. The Forest School, cultural visits, in-school workshops, and our own delightful and varied outdoor spaces provide experiences to enrich our children’s learning and have a profoundly positive impact on their well-being. Outdoor education helps children to develop social skills with activities designed to nurture self-esteem, communication, and respect – both for one another and for the world around them.
Our location in central Worcester is used to our advantage with pupils enjoying river walks, trips to the Diglis Miniature Railway, trips to Worcester Cathedral, the Commandery, and Worcester Woods, for example. We also take full advantage of our close proximity to the Senior School with our pupils enjoying all of the outdoor spaces on offer.
Nursery and Pre-Prep pupils have weekly Forest School sessions on-site and relish the opportunity to explore the outdoors freely, whatever the weather. From puddle-jumping and mud-pie making on a rainy day, to toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate around the fire on a cold day, Forest School sessions take place regardless of the weather. Forest School activities are all designed around the pupils and allow an element of controlled risk. This naturally allows children to push learning boundaries and explore in ways which the classroom does not allow. Beyond Forest School, our younger pupils take full advantage of the on-site Early Years Garden attached to the Pre-Prep building. This space is used creatively by our teachers, with the children learning through play.
Our Nursery and Pre-Prep pupils also enjoy access to the Junior School’s adventure playground, hard courts, and the grassy quad area. These areas are regularly used to extend learning beyond the classroom. On Fridays the whole school enjoys a combined break time allowing younger pupils to mix with the older pupils; this is a great learning experience for children of all ages.
As pupils progress through the school, outdoor learning still plays a large part in their education. From Music lessons on the quad, to Science lessons on the hard courts during school hours, the grounds of the school have a purposeful buzz as staff and pupils make the most of the spaces on-site.