Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand

Outdoor Learning Experience

In term 2, year 3 children have been looking at woodland creatures and their natural habitats. We have created our very own clay woodland animals and have also spent time constructing our very own animal shelters in the OLE area. 

Year 6 have been busy in Outdoor Learning this term. We have looked at art in nature, whittling and carving our very own gnomes and also creating their own bird feeders to distribute around the school for the wildlife.

Outdoor Learning Experience


The Lady J Outdoor Learning Experience has been created with the Heart and Hand curriculum as its main focus. The OLE is a child-centred approach with activities that will reflect the needs and development of the learners. By working to focus on the Heart aspect of our curriculum we will be focusing and developing on being environmentally and socially aware, aware of our mental health and well being and how we can use nature to connect to ourselves and others.


The Hand aspect of our curriculum will focus on the problem solving, creativity and practical elements which we will be discovering throughout our termly experience. The Heart aspect of our curriculum focuses on becoming environmentally and socially aware of ourselves and the world around us, taking ownership over activities and tasks this allows students to develop their physical well-being and health as well as using leadership responsibilities in a safe yet exciting and new setting.


We use a lot of cross curricular links as part of OLE. During Science Week we explored the concept of sound. This was particularly interesting for year 4 as they discovered the different sounds they could hear depending on the direction of the wind and also with and without the disturbances of man made sounds. We have explored the physical art of whittling wood with KS2 making gnomes for our gardens and vegetable patches and we have also explored Art through naturalistic drawing and tree and leaf marking with KS1.


Please remember when your child is participating in OLE they will be outside in a range of weather. Students must bring with them warm, ideally waterproof clothes and wellies/walking boots. A change of clothes is compulsory for this lesson.