8th October 2015 — There were squeals of delight as the Reception girls at Halstead Preparatory School saw the ribbon cut to officially open their new outdoor classroom. This has been specially designed for the two Reception classes to extend their learning into the outdoors in addition to their bespoke indoor classrooms. It further increases opportunities to experiment, enquire, investigate and problem-solve in an outdoor setting. The purpose-built space was officially opened by Mr Chris Wardle, the Head of Pre-Prep, who said: “This is a wonderful new learning environment for the girls where they can explore the great outdoors, develop their fine and gross motor skills and be happily challenged in their learning in a fun, safe and stimulating space. The outdoor classroom encompasses all areas of the curriculum and the girls are all very eager to try out their brand new resources.” The outdoor classroom complements the spacious, well-resourced Nursery and Reception Early Years provision at Halstead that was judged 'outstanding' in the latest ISI inspection.