Our Grounds and Outdoor Learning
Oldfield Primary School is proud of its extensive outdoor learning area. Although we are situated in the heart of Greenford, our outdoor space gives a feeling of calm. We believe classroom learning should be enhanced by real-life experiences and our outdoor space allows us to do this. Oldfield has both large and small playing fields which are used throughout the year for sports, science and art. Alongside these, is a planting area filled with vegetables and flowers which means children can supplement their classroom learning with hands-on experiences. Oldfield’s nature trail runs around the perimeter of the school site and a bug hotel is situated in a quiet corner so children can watch animals in their natural habitats. Behind a gate is a small pond which has newts and frogs. During early spring, frog spawn is collected so the children can learn about life-cycles in a practical way.
Over the next two years, we would like to enhance and reconfigure our outdoor learning area in order that we maximise the use of this fantastic facility. We hope to link with a local Forest School in order to extend children’s practical skills and develop their sense of well-being. Studies show that busier family lives, combined with an increased sense of fear in society and an increase in screen time mean that children are having fewer opportunities to explore their surroundings. At Oldfield we want our children to become self-directed, creative learners. High-quality outdoor learning encourages children to develop resilience, increase confidence and, perhaps most importantly, it’s fun!