Pupils from Athelstan Community Primary School explore their newly revamped wildlife garden

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Athelstan Primary Bring The Classroom To Nature

Pupils at Athelstan Community Primary School have been learning more about the natural world thanks to a new outdoor classroom, purchased with the help of the Kingspan Community Trust.

The school received £3,609 from the Kingspan Community Trust, which was added to a further £2218 raised by the school’s parent and staff association. This funding was used to help refresh the pond and paths in their wildlife garden, and to build a new 5m2 gazebo, forming the centre point for outdoor classes. The funding also enabled the purchase of a wide variety of outdoor equipment including: spades, magnifiers and a bird box with a wireless camera.

Sue Thompson, Athelstan School’s Business Manager said “Our primary aim with the project was to move science out of the classroom, allowing pupils to experience the natural world first-hand. The outdoor classroom also provides a fantastic cross curricular facility, which we use for everything from art, to maths, to explorative play for early years.”

Science Co-ordinator, Kathy Barton added “The benefit for pupils has been immense; they have the opportunity to become not only science detectives, but also creative and imaginary learners. Whatever the weather, the gazebo gives shade and shelter and provides students with a unique learning experience.”

John Garbutt, Chairman of the Community Trust said: “The wildlife garden at Athelstan meets three of the Trust’s main aims, encouraging both conservation and biodiversity, while also providing an opportunity for young people to get active. We were therefore delighted to be able to assist with the project which will help to show pupils the importance of conserving, exploring and enjoying the natural world”

The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust provides funding to projects within the catchment areas of Wigmore High School, Lady Hawkins’ School, Earl Mortimer College and Tenbury High School in Herefordshire and Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted. All that is asked is that they meet at least one of the Trust’s four objectives which cover conservation, encouraging biodiversity, health and fitness of young people and road safety. The final deadline for applications is 30th September 2012.

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