Our Learning Environment

Lakelands Primary School is a brand new building with state of the art facilities. Our learning environment will give children the opportunities to be active and physical as well as quiet and reflective. Each classroom will have sufficient chairs and tables for children to be seated when appropriate, and also plenty of carpeted areas for children to engage in activities. There will be periods of time each day when all children in reception will be engaged in learning activities at their tables as class teaching is gradually introduced and developed throughout the Reception year.

We are very fortunate at Lakelands Primary School to have dedicated outdoor learning spaces and your child will benefit enormously from using them. The early years environment, both inside and outside is viewed as a whole, providing different areas where resources, materials and activities are freely and easily accessible. The areas of learning in the environment include:

  • role play area
  • book/reading area
  • mark making/writing area
  • mathematical area
  • construction area
  • small world area
  • music area
  • creative area 
  • ICT opportunities
  • sand/water areas

It is important to develop learning opportunities outside as outdoor learning provides opportunities for: the acquisition of gross motor skills, taking risks, fostering a love of nature and the environment, large (and possibly messier) play which is not possible indoors, learning experiences suited to the outdoor environment and physical fitness. We are also fortunate to have an astroturf area for outdoor sports and all students, including reception children, will have access to this.

We will seek opportunities for your child to engage with the Forest Schools programme.  This inspirational process offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.