Outdoor play and pursuits

Learning beyond the classroom is a key part to our Creative Curriculum. All of the teachers use the school grounds to enhance the learning opportunities.


The spinney and sensory garden provide the girls with an area to conduct and investigate scientific phenomena. The girls gain practical experiences growing plants and witnessing mini-beasts. In addition, the outdoors provides a perfect backdrop for drama activities, group reading and artistic inspiration.

The Forest School Association, a nationwide organisation that features a Forest School programme, promotes an approach to teaching that offers learners regular opportunities to develop self-esteem through learning experiences in the great outdoors. The scheme aims to enhance teamwork skills, develop independence and instil creativity: overall it is an inspirational addition to an already rich curriculum at St Mary’s Junior School, Cambridge.

We also value off-site educational visits and recognise the huge contribution that these experiences have to the girls’ education. This encompasses residential activities, environmental studies, sports, physical and cultural activities. We visit the local University of Cambridge museums regularly, and venture further afield to enhance various aspects of the curriculum. The school also has annual theatre trips to see professional performances.