Woodland Learning Zone and Mini Woodies
CPS loves outdoor learning and our Woodland Learning Zone is just the place!
Our huge pond area is tucked away in the corner of the school site, and is both a fabulous natural resource and a great place for learning, right on our doorstep. We are lucky that our healthy pond attracts a bounty of wildlife! On a good day at the right time of year, you're likely to see mallards, coots, moorhens, tadpoles and frogs, countless mini beasts, parakeets, foxes and even the occasional heron. We launched our Duck House Spring 2022 to continue to attract the many ducks who roost here year after year.
Our Enrichment Programme offers our children a deep dive into biology. This area helps to bring science to life as tree and plant identification, spotting animal tracks and pond dipping (often in partnership with members of the Elmbridge Countryside Team).
Forest school inspired activities include den and fire building, wood skills and of course these in turn facilitate team building resilience and perseverance as well as fun. Activities link strongly to our PSE Curriculum. Orienteering activities (geography and mathematics) are also a firm favourite.
Weather watching and observing the changing seasons also quench the children's thirst for knowledge.
Mini Woodies was designed with safe risk taking in mind, specifically for our Nursery and Reception children. This is used daily and here, similar activities are on offer for our children to enjoy.