Students start outdoor learning course

A group of students have pulled on their wellies to take part in the first session of their outdoor learning course.

They braved the fresh January air to take part in a scavenger hunt in the school’s gardens. Some of the students had not been to this part of the school before as it is reserved for allotment growing and other nature learning activities.

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Kate Francis, who is leading the eight-week course, said they will soon be planting and growing in the area once they familiarise themselves with the surroundings.

She said the scavenger hunt was an ideal way for students to learn where everything was. They spent the lesson searching for a number of items including a leaf, some seeds, a rock and something with a hole in it.

Ms Francis said: “Taking part in a scavenger hunt was a nice way for the students to get to know the outside area. Some of the students involved haven’t been in the school gardens before.”

Ms Francis is expecting a batch of fruit tree saplings to be delivered early next month for the students to help plant in the gardens.

“It will be nice to get the delivery as February is the right time for planting fruit trees,” she said.

The students will also be planting more trees around the school grounds to help enhance the already beautiful outdoor areas later this week.

Christiana Richardson