We are extremely fortunate to have extensive grounds at Ruislip Gardens. Every child has the opportunity to partake in Forest School sessions throughout the academic year – where we take learning outside! The ethos of Forest Schools is to allow children the time and space to develop skills, interest and understanding through a range of activities which provide practical, hands-on experiences in a natural environment.
We have a large polytunnel and planting area of raised beds. The children are able to take part in the process of planting and growing their own fruit and vegetables. The children take responsibility for watering the seeds and caring for them. We then enjoy tasting them as they are offered on our school canteen salad bar. If we produce an excessive amount, we also run vegetable sales for our school community.
We also have a storytelling chair and circle for English and PSHE activities.
Next to the fields, we also have an entrance to the Ickenham Marshes which provides a wonderful opportunity for the children to explore a different environment.
Occasionally we also have external visitors who come in and run activities with the children to enhance their learning outdoors.
And sometimes we just take our indoor learning outdoors! Children learn well through practical experiences, and having the vast grounds that we do enables us to bring learning to life. Children have practiced name writing, investigating right angles, creating art, developing recipes, calculating shadow areas and so much more in the outdoor area.
All children bring in a Forest School kit of wellington boots and waterproof clothing as we enjoy exploring the elements throughout the seasons! Some Forest School sessions are planned for and some are spontaneous so we encourage the children to keep their kit in school.
As Headteacher I would like to welcome you all to our school. Ruislip Gardens Primary School is a very special place. Visitors comment positively about the school, from the children’s behaviour and their enthusiasm to the staffs ongoing commitment and dedication. We understand the power of education and take very seriously our duty to give your children the best start in life. I am personally very proud to be a member of this community.
The school recognises the value and uniqueness of each individual child and adult at Ruislip Gardens. We celebrate the talents and gifts of each child and enable them to develop to their full potential spiritually, morally, academically, socially and physically.
Our shared vision “Growing and Achieving Together” underpins all we believe in. Our core values
- Providing a safe and nurturing environment
- Establishing lifelong values
- Developing confident and independent learners
- Inspiring excellence
- Enabling everyone to succeed
show how Ruislip Gardens is dedicated to ensuring we help all our children become successful and happy young people. Their learning and personal development are our driving force.
With support and advice from all our stakeholders we were able to develop Ruislip Gardens 4 Life-long Values:
Each value has a definition, which you can read in the vision and values
section of the website.
I would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our school if you have
not already, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. Finally I would
like to thank you for your continued support and for trusting us with the
privilege of educating your precious children.