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Outdoor Learning

At Nottage Primary we place real emphasis on Outdoor Learning.

We do this for a number of reasons:

  1. It supports children in all 4 of our purposes; we are working to help them become:

    • ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives
    • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
    • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
    • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society

  2. It supports real life learning, e.g. Maths in context.

  3. It supports creativity and problem solving. Children become better adapted to managing risk and thinking for themselves.

  4. It encourages child-led learning through exploration.

  5. In an age of screen time, it's so good for the children to connect and love the outdoors.

  6. It develops in children a love and care of the environment and nature.

  7. Being outside, the children are more active which supports their physical development, it can also improve mental well-being.

  8. Being outside gives the children a lot of pleasure. Happy children make happy learners!


At Nottage Primary, children will have learning outdoors each week, sometimes this will take place off the school site, for example in local parks, Trafalgar woods, in Porthcawl town or on one of our beautiful local beaches.

All children in the school will do work in different areas which are timetabled each week. These are:-

Area Location
1 Pond, Garden, and patio areas
2 Building and Tower areas
3 Top yard and MUGA
4 Conservation area
5 Back field
6 Outside school e.g. Fulmer park, Trafalger Woods, Forge Park, local churches, beaches etc.
7 Bottom Yard
8 Front top field


'Forest School' activities?

The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

It is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment setting. At Nottage Primary we have a designated area, which comprises a wooded conservation area and pond, we also use other parts of the school grounds such as our allotment, construction area and tower.

Whilst taking part in these sessions, children have the opportunity to learn about the natural world, develop practical skills, such as shelter building and fire lighting, and explore and play in their woodland setting. That setting changes with the seasons and the children are out whatever the weather!


Will my child need any special clothing for Outdoor Learning?

We ask that all children have suitable footwear (e.g. wellies or walking shoes), and waterproofs. In the winter months, the children will be glad of hats and gloves. Any other equipment we use is generally provided by the school.


What We Are Proud Of

Growth Mindset Philosophy

We wholeheartedly believe that all children can achieve, we just have different starting points

Enriched Curriculum

We are very fortunate to have a staff of experts in various fields that assists us in enriching our curriculum. This includes: using the locality, onsite enrichment through external companies and partners, off site visits and residential trips


To inspire the next generation of Engineers and Scientists, we utilise projects such as the Green Goblin Car competition and links with industrial partners such as Renishaw to enrich our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum

A School for All

Our inclusive and ALN based philosophy with supported individualised education at its heart

Developing Teachers and
Leaders of the Future

As a school we have a philosophy of continual professional development of our staff. We are privileged to be a Lead Training School for Cardiff Metropolitan University for their PGCE and BA Ed teaching students

Curriculum for Wales

We are an adaptive, creative thinking, risk taking staff who are willing to think outside the box to provide the very best education for our pupils

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