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OWLS gets off to flying start

The new Outdoor Wild Learning School (OWLS) at Gresham’s has got off to a flying start after receiving the thumbs up from a group of very excited Year 3 inspectors.

The children had a good look around the new, purpose built outdoor learning centre in the Senior School woods that they will be visiting on a weekly basis as well as Nursery and Pre-Prep children and their Year 4 friends.

OWLS (named after a local legend that tells of an owl that disturbed the residents of Holt; whenever they tried to stop it, the owl escaped!) offers our children the opportunity to make the most of the Great Outdoors.

Led by Gresham’s Prep School teacher, Tom Hadley, an experienced teacher and Queen’s Scout Award winner, the outdoor sessions have been designed to give children exciting and practical experiences that enable them to gain a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts they have learned in the classroom.   Learning outdoors encourages our children to think of learning as an ongoing process and that it is not limited to when they are indoors.  Situated between north Norfolk’s award winning coast and countryside, Gresham’s is in a perfect position to offer a varied Outdoor Learning programme.

Activities that the children will enjoy throughout the year as part of the OWLS programme, keeping them healthy, alert and active include:

Woodland walks and nature trails
Making nature crowns
Hunting for mini beasts
Shelter building
Making teddy homes
Storytelling
Making mini beast hotels, wooden snakes, tree cookies, leaf presses
Building and lighting fire