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 playtime each day, resources are then left available so that games can be developed and extended through the lunchtime break.

We also make use the many geological and historical features that Nunney provides such as: the stream that runs through the village; Nunney Castle; All Saints Church and the nature area and woods adjacent to Castle Hill as hooks for our project work.
In July 2014 the school was awarded the OPAL Silver Award in recognition of the work that we have done to develop outdoor play and learning.

In September 2015 Wildlife expert Simon King visited our school to officially open our wildlife pond. Within a few days, we saw a dragonfly laying eggs on a log and frogs, toads and newts are frequent visitors.