Outdoor Learning 

Our school is very fortunate to have a very large outdoor area, with lots of interesting things going on: 

  • Outdoor climbing areas 
  • Mr Foster’s woodland garden, complete with rare orchids, shade-loving plants, a small pond and an insect hotel. 
  • Various raised beds for growing common and unusual fruits and vegetables 
  • An apple orchard shared with the Infant School next door 
  • A large wildlife pond area, with tadpoles and frogs, shared with the Infant School 
  • An outdoor classroom that can seat 30+ children in all weathers, shared with the Infant School 
  • A mountain-bike track around the edge of the school field that links with the outdoor classroom 
Gardening Club
   

Gardening club meets regularly once weekly and every child has a chance to join. Additionally, every child and staff member has a chance to eat what we grow because the produce goes to Mrs Eley in the school kitchen.

              

We have several raised beds that yield excellent produce throughout the year. We put the good crops down to the horse manure regularly donated by a kind local farmer and the fact that the raised beds get a lot of sun. Also, St Michael’s pupils definitely have green fingers! 

We have grown: artichokes, beetroot, borage, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, cucamelons, French beans, cape gooseberries, New Zealand yams, Melons, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, strawberries and raspberries. We also grow flowers. 

We have made elderflower cordial from the school elderflowers and plan to make rose-hip syrup.