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King's Hedges Educational Federation

Excellence, achieved through care, creativity and challenge.

King's Hedges Educational Federation

Excellence, achieved through care, creativity and challenge.

Outdoor Learning


Outdoor learning is an important part of a child’s education and this is encouraged at Kings Hedges Educational Federation. Exploring, discovering and risk are all important factors that can contribute to further developing a child’s education.

Please enjoy looking at our photos of outdoor learning throughout the school and nursery.


Nursery and Me 2 club have definitely made the most of their outdoor area.

Here are some pictures of their fantastic outdoor learning areas which they access every day.

Their learning areas include a Reading Den, a construction area and a water area which help them to develop their skills from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.


Reception classes do an indoor and an outdoor lab every day, so nearly half of our learning often takes place outside the classroom.

Some of Receptions outdoor labs this term have included... a smell hunt during our ‘Head to Toe’ topic, an Autumn scavenger hunt during our ‘Season of Plenty’ topic, size ordering ourselves during ‘space, shape and measure’, an egg drop challenge during our ‘What’s on the Menu’ topic, and PlayPod explorations during our ‘All about Me’ and ‘Welcome to School’ topics.

See some of the pictures below of the activities Reception have done outside. We also have time to access our continuous provision outside which involves a mud kitchen, a construction area, a theatre area and a role play shop. The children love to act out stories of the theme books we have been reading in the theatre area, and write yummy recipes in the mud kitchen – we have had some wonderful mud pies, worm soups and leaf pastas.

Year 1

Year 1 made the most of the Autumnal weather during their project all about ‘Autumn’. They went out to collect leaves and then used the leaves to make their own spiky hedgehogs. They learnt all about the changes that occur in Autumn and found out about evergreen and deciduous trees.

Look at the picture of these brilliant hedgehogs they created.

Year 2

Year 2 have done some Space, shape and measure work outside this term and hope to make use of the outside area more in the Spring term to help with their learning.

Year 3

Year 3 have done lots of outdoor learning this term, including ‘Science’, ‘Space, Shape and Measure’ and ‘Geography’. They have even been lucky enough to have a scooter safety session.

Have a look at the pictures below to see how they got on on their scooters.

For one of their Space, Shape and Measure lessons this term, Year 3 were given measurements for houses on a street, they then went outside and their task was to re-create the street. They had to make a decision about which measurement tool they would use for this task. They worked together in teams with metre rulers or tape measures to draw the street on the ground with chalk.

One of Year 3’s science lessons this term was all about magnets, they went on a walk around school armed with their magnets and found everything that was magnetic. They found out that the drain pipes repelled their magnets because they are made out of galvanised metal.

Outside the classroom is a great way to learn about Geography – for one of Year 3’s Geography lessons their aim was to help Duncan our Site manager clean up all the litter in our school grounds. Before they collected the litter, Year 3 children did an audit and found LOTS of litter around the school. One pair of children found 31 bits of paper, 24 sweet wrappers and 2 crisp packets, among many other things.

Have a look at their tally chart here, and the fantastic poster that they made on an iPad.

Year 4

Year 4 found a nice sunny day to go outside for their ‘Space, shape and measure’ lesson. They were learning all about measurements and how to convert measurements. Before they went outside, Year 4 estimated how far they though a kilometre was, and how many times they would have to go round the field to make a kilometre.

Year 4 then went outside and using a trundle wheel and wearing a pedometer, they measured the whole perimeter of the field. They found that they had to go round the field 4 times to make a km.

Year 5

Year 5 have done some fantastic outdoor learning this term. For Science they were writing up a newspaper article about a UFO crash landing. The UFO had crashed outside in the playground and the children all went outside with pens and paper and some with iPads to study the scene. This practical outdoor experience really helped them with their writing and Year 5 produced some great creative written work for this topic.

See some pictures of the UFO crash scene and some examples of their writing below.

Year 5 have also done some geography field work. Before heading out on a trip in to Cambridge they learnt to read ordinance survey symbols, and produce 6 figure grid references. They used these skills to help them plan the journey from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to the park on Lammas Land. They looked out for landmarks on their way and used these to write down directions.

See if you would be able to get there by following these instructions…

Year 6

Year 6 were lucky to have the ‘Bikeability’ team come to help them learn skills and safety when riding a bike, especially on the road side.