Pupils at Castle Primary School, in Mow Cop, now take lessons in the great outdoors thanks to a grant from the Prime Foundation, which has helped pay for a new outside classroom.
Funds have been used by the school to build an outdoor space that provides students with more nature-based activities to build confidence, enhance wellbeing and enrich their learning experience. Designed in collaboration with pupils at the school, the outdoor classroom features a construction and woodworking area, giant Jenga, a place for musical percussion and multi-sensory surfaces including AstroTurf, bark and slate. The idea for the outdoor classroom came from the school’s headteacher David Bell, who has previous experience in developing landscapes for children.
Students, teachers and parents are all very enthusiastic about what we have been able to achieve with the outside classroom. It offers a new dimension in learning for the children, and is a facility the school will benefit from for many years to come as it grows and evolves with the needs of our pupils.”