Outdoor Wild Learning School (OWLS)

Situated between north Norfolk’s award winning coast and countryside, our Nursery and Pre-Prep School is in a perfect position to offer a varied Outdoor Learning programme.

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.  Once a week, all year groups are taught at Gresham’s new, purpose built outdoor learning site at the Senior School.

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.

We believe that outdoor learning and the freedom that it offers has many benefits for our children.  In addition to weekly visits to the outdoor learning site, children enjoy trips to the beach, where their imaginations and creativity are stimulated by the landscape around them.  Children come out of their shells and become more social as they feel less inhibited by all the space around them.  We take great delight in watching them have fun making new friends and becoming more confident in taking part in games and activities.

Activities that children 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