Choose only one master - Nature.
Netherton was once the gardener's cottage and coach-house. It sits in a magical garden, featuring a number of sections where children have freedom to play, and interact with each other in an open, natural setting.
The oval lawn is bordered by swings and slides and bounded by trees of all shapes and sizes where children can climb and scramble. Tricycles, cars and tractors, pull-carts and wheelbarrows are a sample of the range of fun outdoor toys to ride on and play with. They are stored in the small wooden play-house.
Under the canopy of tall fir trees, camps and dens can be built, and outdoor learning takes place through discovery and problem-solving. Children engage in imaginative play as well as feel the exhilaration of the natural world. Practical skills and learning about nature go hand in hand.
Apples from the orchard are picked, eaten raw or made into jelly or apple pie. The vegetable garden gives children the experience and joy of planting seeds, waiting and watching for them to grow, weeding the beds, harvesting the vegetables and the sheer delight of eating their home-grown produce which they prepare for lunch or snacks.
Visits to the farm teach the children about the seasons and crops and livestock.
Pond life is studied and children watch as tadpoles metamorphose into frogs, caterpillars pupate and emerge as butterflies. The wormery teaches about soil and aeration. Life cycles, animal families, night and day, the dependence of life on the sun, are all examples of the way children learn about the natural world and their place in it.