All Dunannie children have daily opportunities to play outside usually in the playground and orchard. 

The water feature is also used at play or designated class times. An outdoor classroom has been created and the children benefit from having an Outdoor Work teacher with timetabled opportunities to explore the Bedales estate, extend learning from other curriculum areas such as minibeast hunting, observation of the seasons, lifecycles of plants, trees and animals and using natural spaces and objects for drawing and writing. Dunannie children are enthusiastic gardeners and plant, grow and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables in the Nursery garden, the greenhouse and the plots close by. 

Articles about Dunannie's ethos and outdoor learning

In an article for Independent School Parent magazine, Head, Jo Webbern said: “A standard lesson might involve children wandering through the Bedales estate, looking at vegetation, the farm, animals, seeing changes in the environment with their own eyes, and taking their own cameras and documenting what they see.” Read more...

In an article for Baby Hampshire, Head, Jo Webbern explains the importance of outdoor learning: "At Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie, we take pride in seeing the children develop their knowledge, confidence and appreciation of the natural world through outdoor projects where they take the curriculum outside the classroom.” Read more...