Learning through nature and play

Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living” (Barlow, 2004)

Welcome to Upper Sturt Primary School. Our school delivers the Australian Curriculum through a nature play-based learning approach, in context with the
uniqueness and value of our site, and the children’s interest in the world around them. We aim to bring together the latest research in education around teaching, learning, student wellbeing and engagement, to create a holistic approach to learning.

Our surrounding bushland is inspirational for nature play-based learning. Located within the beautiful bushland of the Adelaide Hills, at “Bush School” we enjoy and value a community way of learning. We aim to support each other as part of a “village” learning community. Many of our learning activities also involve the entire school or mixed-age groups, which also helps facilitate each child feeling part of our community. We endeavour to provide a collaborative, flexible and supportive environment that challenges every learner to achieve their potential. We aspire for school and home life to be connected, as we know this is beneficial for the children’s sense of security and trust.

We hope you enjoy reading more about our school and please get in touch with us via email or phone, or if you would like to find out more, join a tour, or organise a time to visit.

Best wishes,
Upper Sturt Primary Bush School Community

“Children are part of nature and we support their connection to nature. Through the creation of naturalistic play and learning environments, and opportunities indoors and outdoors, as well as supporting adults in taking children into wilder spaces, we believe that children will have a life long love and connection to the natural world around them” (Inspired EC)