At Wellington Prep School we strive to allow every child to take part and learn new skills, to overcome challenges and learn about themselves while having fun.
It is firmly embedded within the School ethos that some of the most important lessons in life are best learned outside the classroom. In preparing our pupils for a world and a future that we can now only guess at, we seek to teach resilience, creativity, communication, independence and teamwork through a broad and varied programme. Outdoor Education at Wellington School is not a nice extra; it is incorporated into the fabric of school life and despite the hectic pace of life at school there is always time to get outdoors and participate.
Outdoor Education is an integral part of the whole School and we start to sow the seeds of a love of the outdoors from Nursery.
We encourage children’s love of nature and activities such as bird-box making and tree planting can be used to work towards a Bronze, Silver and gold RSPB Wild Challenge Awards. They grow in confidence, their independence levels increase, they develop self-motivation skills and resilience.
The Prep School Allotment was created in January 2021 to give Year 5 and 6 children the opportunity to engage more with the natural environment. The children are involved in planning how the plot is used, growing and harvesting our own vegetables and providing a safe habitat for local wildlife by growing wild flowers, providing bird food and bird boxes, bug hotels etc. The benefits of being involved are huge, promoting teamwork, responsibility and showing a commitment to a sustainable project.
Our children take pride in reducing their carbon footprint by providing food for the school kitchen and applying the ethos of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in all that we do. The allotment boosts our mental and physical wellbeing and offers a healthy space outside of the classroom. As well as Forest School and Outdoor Education sessions for the older children in the Prep School the children have the choice of after school clubs such as Climbing, Gardening and Nature Detectives.