Pupils making most of the great outdoors

Pupils give thumbs up to outdoor classroom.
Pupils give thumbs up to outdoor classroom.

PUPILS at a Wallsend school are now making the most of the great outdoors, thanks in part to a nearby business.

More than 30 Year 1 pupils at Richardson Dees Primary School have been using the new outdoor classroom to learn more about their natural environment.

The alfresco area cost the High Street East school more than £13,000, £1,000 of which was raised by 300 employees at Procter and Gamble’s innovation centre in Longbenton.

The cash donated by the P&G staff has paid for equipment such as blackboards, writing walls, musical instruments, building blocks and interactive toys.

Headteacher Louise Guthrie said: “The donation from P&G has been a great help.

“It was a huge investment for the school to create this area, and it would have taken some time to raise enough money to fit it out with such high-quality equipment.

“We wanted to create an area that really promotes learning as well as being fun for our pupils, helping to develop their communication and motor skills and encouraging a sociable environment.”

The claimed benefits of outdoor learning include improved health and sleeping patterns for children, increased focus on activities and a better understanding of nature and the environment.

Gill Hardy, community matters co-ordinator at P&G, said: “We are committed to improving the lives of children.

“We are delighted to support Richardson Dees Primary School to create this outdoor classroom that will enrich the learning of children at the school for years to come.”