It is through our Outdoor Learning Programme that the philosophy's of Montessori, Steiner and Frobel, which underpin the South Hills ethos and come alive through active learning and unique experiences for our children.

Whether participating in a Farm Activity, or a Forest School session, the children take the lead in driving their learning and development with support and encouragement from our passionate, experienced and qualified Forest School Leaders and Animal Handlers.

Pony rides, grooming, handling the animals in Pets Corner, hand feeding our goats & sheep, bottle feeding the lambs and seeing the piglets born, or the chicks and ducklings hatch. What is offered here are experiences, not lessons. We remember far more readily what we have done, not what we’ve been told, and as such, we bring to life the lessons of the classroom, for example, weighing out the animal feeds to understand weights and measures.

It is here that the children learn, develop and practice the vital skills outlined in the early years curriculum, through the Characteristics of Effective Learning; self confidence, risk management, problem solving, making a positive contribution as part of a group, leadership, independence, persistence and resilience all constitute "informal" learning, but prove vital in successfully accessing a "formal education" in mathematics and literacy.  At South Hills, we strike a balance between the two - our outdoor and indoor environments are complimentary to one another, driven by a clear philosophy, ensuring that our children leave us prepared for the challenges of "big school"