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Newton Aycliffe school opens first outdoor classroom
ALFRESCO teaching is proving a big hit with youngsters at a Newton Aycliffe school.
Boasting a beautiful wildlife garden, seating areas, teaching table and fruit trees, Woodham Academy’s new outdoor classroom is the culmination of a two-year project to revitalise a rundown court yard near the art department.
English teacher Josie Marsh, who is the school’s literacy co-ordinator, said it was wonderful to offer a choice of teaching locations.
“We have already had art lessons taking place out here and it is a lovely place for pupils to come and read,” she said.
“We have also been writing about Greek mythology in class and I think it was very inspiring for the children to learn among the fruit trees.”
The £10,000 project was funded by the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme and the work was carried out by Dig-it.
Jessica Middleton, 11, said: “It is great because it is nice to get outside when it is warm.
“You can feel a bit restless when you are indoors and it is easier to focus when you are in the fresh air.”
The outdoor classroom can also be hired by the public for meetings or events.
To book, contact Marie Oswald, Woodham Academy’s community development co-ordinator, on 01325-375482.
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