New classroom opens lessons to nature

A primary school has opened a new outdoor classroom and learning space after a fundraising campaign.

The new space helps pupils to connect with nature at Glenfrome Primary School and is being used in subjects across the curriculum, as well as for bird and wildlife watching. It is sited next to the orchard in the grounds of the school in Cottisford Road. 

Supporters group the Friends of Glenfrome raised £5,000 towards the project, including a sponsored wing walk by school administrator Jo Edkins and a ‘crazy hair day’.

With views out over Purdown, the outdoor classroom is already a hit with pupils, who have been spotting different types of birds, making observations for nature and science lessons, and enjoying being outside more.

Head teacher Inger O’Callaghan said: “It is a valuable addition to the school, and means that outdoor learning sessions can be even more inspiring.

“We have six acres of grounds, and use them to really enrich the whole curriculum.

“We can inspire children to be writers, historians, mathematicians, scientists and geographers by getting out and doing practical, fun activities in the grounds.

“All we need to do now is confirm the name for the classroom – watch this space!”

The school held an outdoor learning day to celebrate the completion of the project.