St Swithun’s junior school headmistress Mrs Lyons-Smith has opened the new outdoor classroom in the school grounds.
Set near the junior school building, amongst trees and alongside open fields, the new classroom is a safe space for children to learn new skills whilst being outside in the fresh air.
The opening of the classroom took place on national “Outdoor Classroom Day”, a global initiative involving over a million children. The whole junior school enjoyed a full day of outdoor activities, including toasting pancakes on the campfire, tree bark rubbings, and blindfolded walks in the woods.
Mrs Lyons-Smith said “I came to St Swithun's with a passion for outdoor education - not simply because I believe fresh air, exercise and fun are essential to our mental well-being; but because beyond the classroom children are able to show off a wealth of skills, aptitudes and personal qualities that can remain hidden in a traditional, academic environment. The new outdoor classroom will be a real asset to everyone at school”.