Pupils at Summer Fields are kept busy and active, and sport and outdoor learning forms a crucial part of their daily curriculum. The boys partake in some kind of activity every day, whether this is PE, Games, Tennis lessons, Swimming or Forest School. Using the Prep school's unrivalled facilities such as the sports hall, indoor and outdoor pools, astro-turf and tennis courts, the boys further benefit from all that Summer Fields has to offer.
The main focus is on team sports with the experienced Prep school sports teachers coaching a variety of sports to the Pre-Prep boys. We follow the major school sports, similarly to the Prep school, with matches taking place from Year 2 onwards. We give all boys the chance to represent Summer Fields in various fixtures during their time in Pre-Prep, whatever their level.
Our dedicated Forest School teacher takes each class for one session a week. The boys are encouraged to explore the two Forest School sites (the Prep school plantation with river access and the closer Pre-Prep dedicated Forest School area) and to follow their own interests. The sessions develop based on the boys’ previous visit, with activities ranging from den building and tree climbing, to making traps for an imaginary tiger! The boys will also learn about different trees, coppicing and play a part in the development of the site.
Forest School further reinforces the skills learnt and nurtured within the classroom, and provides the vehicle to develop these in other ways. Skills such as resilience, confidence and empathy are all encouraged and modelled to the boys.
In both the Early Year's Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Year 1, the classrooms have their own dedicated outdoor areas to enable learning to take place outside the classroom. The teachers plan for the use of these areas, and whilst sometimes used solely for play, they are also an extension of the classroom; an area for the boys to further develop and utilise what they learn inside the classroom.