Outdoor Play & Learning
At Nunney First School we are very fortunate to have wonderfully spacious and beautifully maintained grounds. With room to play and explore, the opportunities for learning beyond the classroom are extensive and teachers capitalize on these.
In 2016 a castle was added to our extensive outdoor play resources and this, along with an exciting collection of dressing-up clothes and props, offers children a creative outlet during outdoor play sessions. The castle is used extensively during the summer months where, nestled amongst our woodland setting, it provides very welcome shade from the hot sun.
Autumn 2019 saw the opening of a PlayPod, our latest exciting project to extend creative play opportunities. Used almost daily in winter months, the PlayPod offers our children a wealth of opportunities for purposeful, collaborative and creative play. Opening at morning break each day, resources are then left available so that games can be developed and extended through the lunchtime break.
The playground also has an activity trail designed by the children. This gives them plenty of opportunities to play games such as copy my move, hop scotch as well as see how quickly they can complete the exercise course.
In 2022 we also added a brand new ‘Trim Trail’ to the playing field to enhance our lunchtime play and encourage exercise. This connects closely with our tyre play area. There are so many areas to explore!
The School site is fortunate enough to have a pond which encourages wildlife to the area. Being located next to fields also means that we have a range of wild visitors which leave their tracks for us to find.
From 2022, we have been developing a Forest School area in our field. This started as a project for our EYFS class and as an after school club and now each class in the school takes part in a Forest School session every week. Whatever the weather, the children are using the outdoor classroom! We are fortunate to have Forest School leader Debra Poole to lead these sessions alongside staff. Sessions are linked to the foundation and core subjects to enhance and deepen the children’s learning.
We also make use the many geological and historical features that Nunney provides such as: the stream that runs through the village; Nunney Castle and All Saints Church.