Outdoor learning helping promote literacy skills for young students

STUDENTS have been working alongside pupils to transform their school grounds.

TyneMet College childcare students have been working at Wallsend’s Stephenson Memorial Primary School as part of their two-year diploma course.

Over the coming year, they will design and deliver environmental activities which will promote primary school children’s literacy skills as part of the Forest School initiative.

As part of the scheme, students were told to transform an outdoor area of a primary school then deliver lessons in the new environment.

Lynsey Carr, a reception teacher at Stephenson Memorial Primary School and a former TyneMet student, was a key facilitator in the collaborative teaching and training programme.

Warick Stephenson, head of care, sport and leisure at the college, said: “The college works closely with the local community and has established good working links with local industry.

“This strategy is key to supporting the college’s commitment to providing outstanding education and training for the benefit of students, the local area and employers.”

Emma Overton, headteacher at Stephenson Memorial Primary School, said: “We are thrilled to develop links with TyneMet College, and the Environmental Literacy project ties in perfectly with our vision for school improvement.

“I can’t wait to see the impact of the project.”