Welcome to Percy Main Primary School

Outdoor Learning is an active, experimental approach to learning that involves being outdoors as central part of the experience. It seeks to use the outdoor environment as a vehicle for transforming the experience into knowledge, skills, attitudes and actions.

At Percy Main we believe that our outdoor learning environments have much to offer and value the importance of using the natural environment for the stimulation of learning and promotion of health and well being amongst our children. As a school we are committed to work hard to continue to develop these areas.

 Through skilled teaching, interpretation and facilitation we believe outdoor experiences can provide access and freedom to a type of learning that is difficult to replicate indoors, allowing children to respond positively to new experiences, opportunities, challenges, enquiries and responsibilities. At Percy Main we feel it is important to enable children to use the outdoor environment as a context for learning throughout the year.

For full details please see our Outdoor Learning Policy below:

Wild Trail

In June our school knew we had almost completed all but one of the challenges necessary for us to be awarded the Woodland Trusts highest accolade possible through the Woodland Trust Green Tree Award scheme. All that was left for us to do was to complete the Wild Trails challenge and to do this we visited a very special place!

Based on prior learning from the challenge and to consolidate our maths work on position and direction our Year 2 children visited Wallsend Parks. Once there the children used a set of 5 maps to follow various trails which led them to find hidden clues. At each clue, marked by an orienteering flag the children completed the trials record sheet from the challenge. As each small group of children set off in different directions to follow a numbered trail they then had to report back to ‘base’ and inform the adult of the answer to the clue they found hidden in a hessian bag placed by the marker. Each small group of children repeated this task 5 times to ensure all trials identified by the maps were completed by the whole class.

The information gathered by the children formed the bases of our evidence data and as our class topic last term was entitled ‘Giants’ we decided that we should present the evidence to you in the form of a giant map. The creation of the map hopefully promotes the great abundance of nature the children discovered at the parks and the size of the map has allowed us to demonstrate just how rich and sustainable the park is in promoting and creating not only a fantastic variety of flora and fauna for the children to explore but also how rich it is in tree and plant species.

On completion of the map it was then posted to the Woodland Trust in the hope that we had fulfilled the given criteria and that we would be awarded our final 5 points to receive the Woodland Trust PLATINUM award.

We have since found out that we have been successful being awarded our final 5 points and we would like to this opportunity to thank all the staff at the Woodland Trust for making our award possible. The children have enjoyed every challenge they have been involved in and although we may now have enough points to gain the most predigest accolade, we will be continuing to take part in future challenges that promote interest, excitement, motivation and inspire our children’s passion to share their lives with nature.

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'Giant' Sunflower Seeds

As part of their 'Fee Fi Fo Fum' topic, Year Two have been busy in the garden planting sunflower seeds. They are hoping that their seeds grow to gigantic heights and tower high above them all!

Watch this space for updates!
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Fairy News!

Despite huge local interest the National Trust are still insisting fairies do not exist. Yet they continue to publicly declare that ‘Due to high numbers of fairy doors being spotted’ that they are again bringing in fairy controls to Wayford Wood in Sommerset. Their concerns that the wood is becoming overcrowded with fairies and that many face eviction caught the attention of our Year 2 children who were horrified at the thought of fairies losing their homes and decided to come up with a solution to the problem and try to help them.


Nestled away in a hidden area of our school grounds we have our own forest garden and as our Year 2 classroom over looks this lush green forest area the children were quick to decide that the garden may be the perfect place for the fairies to move to. Their first task was therefore to explore the garden and come up with ideas of what the natural environment could offer the fairies.

The children responded to the plight of the homeless fairies by using their imagination and suggested that if the fairies lay on the grass at night time they would be able to look up at the stars. By the fire pit they could keep warm if they were cold and under the toadstools they would be able to find a perfect shelter. In the storytelling area they could share woodland tales together and by the miniature cherry blossom trees they could use fallen pink blossom to make beautiful fairy crowns. Each of the children’s suggestions were recorded on a laminated piece of paper which was then either hung on a tree or placed somewhere in the garden and left there overnight so that the fairies could read the children’s ideas.


Next morning on their arrival at school the children noticed how the garden looked different. Little boxes were appearing where none had been found before and on closer inspection inside the boxes were hidden an assortment of tiny miniature belongings. Even a beach had appeared! Had they been left as a gift for the children or were they signs of hope that the homeless fairies liked our garden so much that they wanted to move in? The children decided to leave the belonging where they had been placed as whoever had left them was certainly reading the helpful suggestion signs the children had left hanging in the garden.

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The next day a message was found written in the smallest handwriting you could imagine. The message had been stuck on a small lolly stick and read “We love you Class 2. Love from the Fairies.”

The children upon their arrival at school were informed of the message that had been found and with heartfelt emotion they replied by writing their own.


Fairies are more than welcome in our Forest Garden.

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Empty Classroom Day

At Percy Main, we fully supports the ethos of Learning Outside the Classroom and the LOtC principles are embedded into the way we teach ever subject. So Empty Classroom Day fits in to our curriculum perfectly!


Empty Classroom Day encourages schools to make sure that each class spends at least one lesson outdoors on the day. Learning outside the classroom makes learning fun, memorable and healthy.


This year Keep Britain Tidy will be running the day through the Eco-Schools England programme, in collaboration with Project Dirt and the Persil “Dirt is good” campaign.


This year, many classes took to the gardens and playground to take part in creative and engaging activities. Some made their own obstacle course. Others role played Grace Darling's rescue and then, in groups, drew the stormy sea rescue on the playground in chalk. Whilst others made Blobsters, wrote rainforest inspired poems and had a ‘Tree’ Party.


It was a damp, soggy day but we all had great fun!

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Outdoor Learning Network

As part of our commitment to school to school support, we held the first Outdoor Learning Network meeting fon Tuesday 2nd February 2016. Teachers and staff from our collborative and across the local authority attended. 

Discussions were held around ways to further engage Key Stage Two with outdoor learning, development of school grounds to fully enhance LOtC experiences and the possibility of a whole day CPD event to support outdoor learning and Forest schools.

On Wednesday 15th June 2016 we met again. The session began by looking at creative ways that Maths can be taught outdoors using natural materials.

We then moved outside to underatke a Forest School session. Attendees were invited to create a Blobster  out of clay and natural materials found in and around our Forest Garden. They were then asked to make a den for their new creature. We finished the session around the fire to reflect on the session and enjoy a fruit drink.

Our next meeting is planned for the beginning of Autumn details. Further details to follow.


Within our school grounds


Out and About!


Fire Pit Safety Training

On 28th April, Zoe Fraser (Senior Education warden at Wallsend Parks) undertook a twilight training session for all staff reagarding the safe use of fire with children.

She showed us how to start and manage a fire using our school fire pits; went through safety and first aid procedures and discussed possible uses and curriculum links that could be taught.

We all had a great time learning how to use fire steels and materials to start and maintain a fire and, on a more serious note, how to ensure the children's safety whilst still allowing the children to develop the skills of fire making, perseverance, resilience, resourcefulness and collaboration.

We also got to enjoy marshmallows toasted on the fire and bananas and chocolate cooked on an open flame...yummy!
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Lifetime Achievement Award for Miss Brownrigg

Miss Brownrigg has been nominated by Mrs Callaghan for a LOtC Lifetime Achiement Award. This award recognises all of the hardwork and dedication that Miss Brownrigg has given to developing outdoor learning and our school grounds over the past 38 years.

Check out the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom for more details and voting details:
For more detail, check out the article in the Chronicle:
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LOtC Gold Award

In July 2014 we were very proud to be awarded the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Gold Award.

LOtC Mark (Gold) recognises exemplary LOtC provision in schools and indicates that a school is a leader in ensuring that all pupils have access to frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom.

We are now one of only 7 schools in the whole of the UK to have earned this presitage award.

Click on the link below to find out more about the award and our journey to achieving gold!

Check out the full article in the News Guardian:
Outdoor Learning is also integral to teaching and learning and continuing to improve writing skills. Please click on the links below to see how learning outside the classroom enhances our curriculum:
Learning Outside the Classroom can happen at virtually anytime in virtually any place.

It is the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning to take place. This can be indoors or outdoors, using our school grounds, the local area, parks, galleries, museums, heritage sites or anywhere else inspirational!

At Percy Main we strive to use LOtC to provide a rich and diverse range of learning experiences for the children in our care.

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