"A small school with a big heart."

"Pupils are proud of their school. Their good behaviour and positive attitudes make a strong contribution to their success."

Ofsted January 2013

Outdoor Learning

Subject Leaders:

Miss O'Donnell (KS1)

Miss Tansley (KS2)

Outdoor learning has many different aspects which we incorporate here at Mackie Hill. We strive to take learning outdoors through a variety of different ways, including; outdoor science, our 'Green Team' and team building activities.


We aim to give children 'hands on experience' in our allotment and wealth of grounds which provides them with knowledge and opportunities to develop throughout their lives.


We have also created and maintain our different gardens such as the bird garden, butterfly garden and mini-beast corner which you can see on our School Grounds page.

Foundation Stage

Foundation stage have continuous provision outside in their playground and under their new shelter. They have their own story circle made of tree stumps and a herb garden to appeal to their senses. They also have rainwater collectors, a raised bed to plant different things, a gravel bed to play with cars and a brand new mud kitchen!

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 have easy access to outdoor space which is used regularly. They complete growing topics during science and love the outdoor trim trail and climbing wall. In their playground they have a collection of herbs in re- purposed tyres, tyres to play with and two picnic benches to enjoy.

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 complete lots of outdoor lessons from maths to drama and science. They maintain the planting beds to grow fruit and vegetables and are keen to take this even further. They have 6 picnic benches and picnic blankets (courtesy of the RSPB) which they use to sit on and read at play times and they have begun planting berry bushes around the school grounds to use in design technology later.

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