Outdoor Learning

At Cold Harbour we believe that spending time outdoors and learning about nature is an important part of our children’s development. Outdoor Learning is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop self-awareness, problem solving skills, social and communication skills, independence, a positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Outdoor Learning is a learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

Outdoor Learning is a child-led experience, where children take responsibility and lead their own learning. They are free to explore our woodland and carry out activities at their own pace without the pressure to achieve an agreed ‘objective’. Our activities include; den building, bug hunting, scavenger hunts, tree climbing, bird feeder making, natural art, tree identification and cooking over an open fire.

We are incredibly lucky to have a wonderful woodland area within our school grounds which is safe and secure for the children to independently explore. Since we began our Outdoor Learning in January 2017 we have been fortunate enough to receive funding from the Friends of Cold Harbour (our parent/staff fundraising group), Rotary E-Club of District 1070 and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. We have used this money to develop our outdoor area to further enrich the learning experience of our children. An important purchase has been a permanent wooden shelter which provides much needed protection from the unpredictable British weather.

We are outside regardless of the weather conditions therefore children will need to bring a suitable change of clothes. All clothing needs to be named and brought to school in a named carrier bag each week. We recommend that old clothing is used as we do not intend to stay clean during our sessions especially if it is wet outside!

What to wear for Outdoor Learning

  • Wellingtons or sturdy walking shoes/boots
  • Long trousers (e.g tracksuit bottoms or leggings) – no jeans please as they become very heavy and cold when wet
  • Long sleeved t-shirt or shirt
  • Jumper, fleece or sweatshirt
  • Waterproof jacket – essential even in summer months
  • Waterproof trousers (optional)
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat (summer months)
  • Warm hat, gloves and scarf (winter months)
  • Extra pair of socks (winter months)

If you have any questions regarding our Outdoor Learning then please feel free to contact our team on [email protected]


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A BIG thank you to Browns Landscape Solutions Limited!

During the storms in the summer term 2020 we had a very dangerous situation with one of our trees in the Outdoor Learning area.  Thanks to Browns Landscape Solutions Limited we now have a very safe area again.  Please read all about the rescue operation here!

If you are in need of any help with trees, hedges, gardens, and outside spaces, including long term maintenance, site and garden clearances and landscaping solutions please contact Browns at www.brownstreesurgery.com or you can contact us directly on 07789 550983.  You can view their website at www.brownslandscapes.com