Finmere School has an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of the school is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in an outdoor environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self-awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.
We are fortunate to have excellent outdoor areas; there are extensive grass areas, vegetable, flower and herb gardens which are tended to by the children, an adventure playground, a tarmac playground, a wooded area and a wildlife garden.
We have two outdoor learning classrooms in the school grounds, our ‘Den Skolan Room’ a purpose built wooden classroom and our ‘Tipi’ a large canvas structure, complete with decking and seating. Our outdoor classrooms support our passion for outdoor learning and extend outdoor learning opportunities for all.
Pupils visit a local forest site is based at Rectory Farm in Tingewick and the school has forged strong links with farm owners George and Ann Eaton. To support the visits of Finmere School, and other local schools, the farm has developed a pond dipping platform, three woodland areas and a large bird watching hide.
Link to the Rectory Farm Website: http://www.rectory-farm.org.uk/index.html
Through outdoor learning pupils have had the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.