The boys and girls at Barfield Nursery School enjoy a very healthy balance of time spent indoors and outdoors. As well as enjoying their own dedicated large adventure play area, complete with pirate ship, teepees, wooden climbing structures and sand-pit, the children take part in Forest Schools, purposefully designed to maximise their learning in the outdoor environment. The children have free access to the Outdoor Learning Areas, which are immediately next to the classroom, fully enclosed and supervised at all times.
Once or twice a week, the children visit the Barfield Chickens, make close observations of them, feed them and search the coop for eggs. This is one of the children’s favourite activities, especially when they get to take one home. Often, the eggs are used by the children in The Cookhouse, along with the produce they have grown in the School Garden to create their own culinary delights, such as cakes and mini quiches.
Barfield Nursery is an integral part of Barfield School, which is set in 12 acres of its own beautiful grounds. We have 2 main sports fields and a field used for our Sports and adventure activities. We have a woodland nature reserve on neighbouring land which allows the children to benefit from nature trails.
Each nursery class heads down to the woods each fortnight for their 'Forest Schools' sessions, led by our own Forest Schools-trained staff. Activities are linked to their own interests and termly topics, and can include making houses for a variety of animals, bug-hunting, making boats out of sticks and testing how well they float, and cooking marshmallows over the fire!