Public invited into outdoor classroom
AN OUTDOOR classroom that was built with the help of parents, teachers and pupils may open to the community.
Children at Chalfont St Giles Junior School in Parsonage Road have begun taking lessons in the new garden space.
Project manager Lorraine Hunter urged staff from companies in the area to share their manpower and help complete the garden.
It has a planting area, a ‘secret garden’, a greenhouse made from plastic bottles and a pond and a willow tree are in the pipeline.
Mrs Hunter said: “Teachers can come out here and teach English, maths or science using the environment. It is thinking outside the curriculum.
“We have asked the children what they would like in it and they will take more responsibility for it.”
Mrs Hunter says the school has contacted a gardening association to see if it can be used for that club’s sessions.
The project, sponsored by the Careys Foundation, may also be used by scouts and brownies, says Mrs Hunter.
“We are trying to open it out to the community,” she said. “We are hoping it will be the footprint for future developments like this at other schools.”
MULCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING: Year three, four and five Eco Warriors learn about mulch with Miss Samantha Busby
(Above, from left) Poppy Dawson and Carla Wilson, both 10, teacher Mark Shankland, Will Buchanan, 10, Lilly Bell and Wilkie Ainsworth-Coles, both 11, and Alfie Thompson, 10, get stuck into a esson; (below) Alfie Thompson
DIRTY WORK: Lilly Bell, 11