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Outdoor Learning and Sustainability

Westbourne Primary recognises that the best place for learning may not always be in a conventional classroom environment. The outdoors is seen as another, much larger classroom, with an abundance of natural resources and many opportunities for hands-on, 'real-life' learning. We always consider how and where learning would best take place, and plan for frequent, continuous and progressive outdooor learning experiences.


At Westbourne, we acknowledge the importance of outdoor learning and sustainability and have worked hard to produce many outdoor learning opportunities across all areas of the curriculum. The children are aware of the need to recycle and conserve energy and play an active role within the school. Each classroom has a recycling bin and fruit waste is collected each day and put in the school’s compost bin. The kitchen also composts its fruit and vegetable waste. Other initiatives are outlined in our Sustainability Policy. The children take part in the Walk to School campaign. There are scooter racks and bicycle sheds have been erected to enable our older children to cycle to school.



Archaeological Digging Pit                                   The Westbourne Garden


We have extensive grounds that have been adapted to enable a wide variety of outdoor teaching to take place. These facilities include: a large playing field and wooded area; large playgrounds with areas for active and quiet activities; climbing equipment; colourful, purpose built outdoor areas for the Foundation Stage; a walled garden for growing flowering plants, fruit and vegetables; a greenhouse; compost bins and a water butt to encourage recycling and conservation; a natural wildlife area with a bird hide, a pond and natural habitats for a variety of creatures; an “ancient ruin” with an archaeological digging pit; an African hut; a stage area; orienteering courses.


We have been awarded the Bronze and Silver Eco-Schools Awards and are busy working towards the Green Flag Award too! To win these awards we have had to consider 9 topics:




  • School grounds
  • Transport
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy
  • Global perspectives
  • Healthy living
  • Litter


We hope to win lots more awards soon and will keep thinking of new ways to help protect the world around us.