With such an abundance of countryside to explore, you will not be surprised to read that we have a strong emphasis on outdoor learning!
We can all benefit from time spent outside and research has shown the importance of nature to the human mind and body. So, to enrich the children’s learning and improve their motivation, self-esteem and problem solving, we use our spacious grounds to provide learning opportunities.
For children in the Lower School, we have created the Horris Hill Wild Child Charter. The charter sets out what we believe are the key experiences of a natural childhood. We believe our Lower School children should have had all these experiences before they move into the Upper School at Year 4. These Outdoor Education sessions are all year round and include activities such as building dens, toasting marshmallows over camp fires and exploring our woodland (also affectionately known as "Spain" as it is shaped like, the country, Spain when seen from an aerial view – so, if your child comes home saying they spent the day in Spain, they are telling the truth!)
We have a fabulously large kitchen garden, where children enjoy growing their own fruit, vegetables and flowers. Adjacent to the kitchen garden is an orchard with the most delightful apples!
Quite simply, it is our intention that every child develops a real passion and understanding of our plot to plate ethos through an active, hands-on experience.
We wish for every pupil to sow, tend, harvest and eat crops from our school kitchen garden and develop an understanding of the importance of positive food culture and a healthy lifestyle.