Out­door learn­ing cen­tre for school

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THE door was opened to a new way of learn­ing as Beech Hall School pupils cel­e­brated the of­fi­cial open­ing of their new out­door learn­ing cen­tre.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley joined the chil­dren and cut the rib­bon to the cen­tre, funded by the Beech Hall Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion and built to co­in­cide with the school’s new ex­panded cur­ricu­lum, the ‘For­est School’, which is aimed at al­low­ing pupils to spend time learn­ing and camp­ing out­doors.

Each week, pupils will take a class out­side where they will be helped to get closer to na­ture.

A host of fun, cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties are planned to en­cour­age them to ex­plore their imag­i­na­tions such as build­ing fairy huts us­ing ob­jects they find out­side and mak­ing camp fires Bear Grylls style to toast marsh­mal­lows and bar­be­cue food.

The name for the brand new learn­ing cen­tre was de­cided af­ter a school com­pe­ti­tion and the win­ning name, Beech House, was an­nounced by Mr Rut­ley dur­ing his speech at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

He said: “Liv­ing nearby, I know the good work that goes on at the school. It’s great to see all the pupils so ac­tive and in­ter­ested in the out­doors. Be­ing out­side makes a real dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives, as it is great for both phys­i­cal and men­tal health, so the con­cept of the For­est School is very in­no­va­tive.”

Mr Rut­ley was then given a guided tour of the for­est and grounds of Beech Hall by year six pupils Euan Causer, Poppy Jones and Adam Leach.

Head­teacher James Allen said: “This is such a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive. It’s a great way to get pupils ex­cited about learn­ing in a new way.

“It has re­ally brought the school closer to­gether, with ev­ery­one get­ting in­volved, and we hope to roll out the For­est School cur­ricu­lum across all the year groups.”

●● Pupils Poppy Jones, Euan Causer and Adam Leach with MP David Rut­ley, He­len Wilkin­son from the Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion and head­teacher James Allen with the new learn­ing cen­tre, Beech House

●● The Tyther­ing­ton Trea­cles WI group at one of their meet­ings

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