Our Wild Garden

Our Wild Garden

Here at St Michael-in-the-Hamlet, we are incredibly lucky to have our own wild garden. This is a beautiful, sheltered haven for wildlife, trees and plants.

We have a pond, mature trees and plenty of nooks and crannies waiting to be discovered and investigated.

Classes are able to access this area throughout the year to enhance their learning and see for themselves the changes that happen as the seasons roll over.

Barry’s Back Garden 

In 2012 we dedicated our Wild Garden to Barry Aldridge.
Barry was fundamental in the development of our garden, 
his enthusiasm and joy of all things outdoors was truly inspirational.

Look out for our ‘otter bench’ which sits proudly in the garden for all to enjoy.

Thank you to our school community for this generous expression of their love and respect for Barry.

Our log cabin provides an excellent outdoor classroom for our children.

Below are some examples of how we have used our outdoor classroom to enhance our curriculum and children’s learning…

Our Reception and Nursery children use the Wild Garden most weeks, when the weather allows. It is a fantastic resource which fosters both wonder and imagination, as well as helping to develop their fine and gross motor skills.

Reception children casting spells with magic wands they’ve made, inspired by reading, ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson.

Art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

Year 5 launching their Crime and Punishment topic by holding a Detective Day – hunting for clues to solve a murder!

Year 3 investigating soils

Year 3 immersing themselves into the sights, sounds and smells of the garden before they start to write about settings in their literacy lessons.