Although we are a city-based school, we value our outdoor spaces at Fairlawn and seek to utilise every centimetre! For example, we keep chickens, maintain thriving vegetable plots and planters around our school grounds and have a Golden Garden (commemorating Fairlawn’s 50th anniversary) which lends itself to outdoor Circle Times and reading buddies.
Alongside our topic-based learning approach, teachers plan elements of outdoor learning. Broadly, this falls into two categories; learning IN the outdoors and learning ABOUT the outdoors. As well as using our immediate environment, we capitalise on the great local venues on our doorstep, such as The Devonshire Nature Reserve, One Tree Hill and Horniman Gardens. Further afield, our residential school journeys, which are offered in Year 3, 5 and 6, have strong outdoor elements embedded in their programmes. For example in Year 5, the children have opportunities to sail, kayak, shelter build and tackle high rope challenges.