Learning in Natural Environments

 An education at Nightingale and our partnership with The Garden Classroom equips every child with a deep nature connection that we believe will last a lifetime.  Children thrive in natural environments and we believe it is their right to spend time in nature as often as possible.  In Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 this includes half a day every week spent learning outdoors in Forest School.  In Years 3-6 they move into a programme of more extensive day-trips to learn outdoors including frequent curriculum theme days (such as 'The Rocks Beneath My Feet' in Year 3) and outdoor skill days where they learn to use tools, light fires and create shelters. During our everyday classroom learning, if a lesson would be better taught outside, we head to the park.  Every child in Years 4,5 and 6 take part in our camping trips to Hobbs Hill in Kent where they sleep under canvas and toast marshmallows under the stars.