Outdoor classroom to benefit junior pupils

Jackie Smith
Jackie Smith
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PUPILS at Northern Parade Junior School in Hilsea will now be able to learn outside.

The school has opened an outdoor classroom designed to improve independent learning.

Associate headteacher Jackie Smith said: ‘We had this idea because there was a need for children to have high quality space for outside learning.

‘There is an emphasis on outside learning because it gives children an opportunity to explore their surroundings and enjoy themselves.

‘It opens up another classroom to use.

‘There are a variety of opportunities for independent learning and lots of activities for the children to do.’

The classroom, which includes a mud kitchen, musical instruments and a stage, was opened by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas.

After cutting the ribbon, Cllr Jonas answered questions from pupils.

Ms Smith said: ‘The questions were based around what his job entailed.

‘The pupils learned about how Mr Jonas was voted on to the council.

‘It was a good experience because the pupils also understood how the job was part of British values and how democracy worked.’

Executive headteacher Sue Wilson said the classroom was the first phase of an expansion of the school.

Ms Wilson said: ‘We are all excited to have the first phase of our expansion completed.

‘I am astounded with the amount of equipment we have, filling what was a previously wasted space that the children were unable to use.

‘The design and diversity of the equipment has managed to incorporate all aspects of the foundation stage learning journey.’