Outdoor Learning Centre

Within Langley Prep School’s 100 acre site, you will discover ancient woodland and the home of our fabulous Outdoor Learning Centre, complete with outside classroom and mud hut shelter, and even a pizza oven. Inspectors also describe the surrounding parkland as a ‘paradise for pupils.’  [ISI]

Children relish opportunities to get messy, make noise, offer ideas and explore all year round. Their social skills flourish, as independence and motivation increase. Pupil-led tasks and achievable goals build self-confidence and encourage teamwork, while National Curriculum subjects are reinforced by the hands-on learning of our Outdoor Learning Centre.

Just some of our activities

  • Pond dipping
  • Investigating flora and fauna
  • Learning about minibeasts
  • Building dens and shelters
  • Managing the woodland
  • Practical knotting skills
  • ‘Science in the outdoors’
  • ‘Understanding the environment’ Geography sessions
  • Learning to build a campfire
  • Growing, cooking and eating our own produce
  • Baking in the outdoor pizza oven

Supportive research

‘Learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.’ [Ofsted]

‘Research shows that children experience profound and diverse benefits through regular contact with nature. Contact with the wild improves children’s wellbeing, motivation and confidence. The data also highlights how children’s experiences in and around the natural world led to better relationships with their teachers and class-mates.’  [The Wildlife Trust]