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Learning Outside the Classroom

At The Russell School, learning outside of the classroom comes naturally. With such extensive grounds, there are many opportunities to use our wonderful environment.

Our well-developed Environmental Area with two natural ponds and a variety of habitats for wildlife is a crucial part of our Science curriculum.

All children have the space to embark on growing projects whether they be in the Nursery or Year Six and this is continued in our thriving allotment.

The children have regular sessions in our outdoor classroom which is widely used for telling stories and acting out plays. A full orienteering course, encompassing the entire site, provides many opportunities for Geography and PE, but is also actively used in both English and Mathematics.

We also make full use of our local area; examples of this can be found in Reception who use The Copse to learn about their environment – climbing trees, hunting for animal tracks, cooking sausages in the open air, in Year Two who study our local History and Geography in great detail through being out and about in the community and in Year Five who explore our local historical places of interest including Hampton Court.

All classes are encouraged to make a variety of visits throughout the year, including Ham House, Hampton Court Palace, The Natural History and Science Museums, The Globe Theatre and Kew Gardens to name but a few. All children also have the opportunity to visit the theatre every year.

As well as visiting many locations in London, we travel further afield for our residential journeys. In the autumn term, Year Five spend three days at Sayers Croft Environmental Study Centre in Surrey and Year Six have the full Isle of Wight experience for five days in the summer term.

We now have staff fully qualified in Forest Schools and will be developing this through the school.