The Schools of Woolton Hill unveils new outdoor classroom
A primary school has unveiled its new outdoor woodland classroom which it hopes will have a huge positive impact on the health and mental wellbeing of its pupils.
The Schools of Woolton Hill celebrated the new classroom with an outdoor learning day on Friday, October 20, that was filled with den building, nature weaving, scavenger hunts, outdoor art and concocting nature cocktails.
The school’s leadership team had been working hard to utilise the school’s large outdoor space and woodland area within the school grounds to ensure pupils and teachers can benefit from creating a new dimension to everyday learning.
Headteacher Paul Davies said: “We are extremely fortunate to have a large outdoor space, including our very own woodland that we can use to create an exciting and inspiring outdoor classroom.
“Through our new outdoor learning environment we aim to provide all of the children the opportunity to learn outside as much as possible.
“During our outdoor learning sessions children are encouraged to work both independently and within a group to solve problems in a creative way, building important life skills in the process.
“These activities are also combined with other lessons within the curriculum to truly embrace the outdoors.”
Features of the new outdoor area include a campfire inspired seating area made out of recycled wood, a lookout with binoculars to study wildlife, a beanbag social area and wooden climbing equipment.