Pupils dig in to enjoy outdoor learning day

June 02 2017

CHILDREN at Glenfrome Primary School spent an entire day learning outdoors last month to mark International Empty Classroom Day.

CHILDREN at Glenfrome Primary School spent an entire day learning outdoors last month to mark International Empty Classroom Day. 

On May 18 the school made  the most of its six acres of beautiful grounds, as well as neighbouring open spaces such as South Purdown and Eastville Park. Anyone coming to school on that day found all the classrooms empty!

The school also celebrated the opening of a brand new poly tunnel, kindly donated by Learning Through Nature, and a brilliant vegetable garden.

 The addition of a polytunnel means the school can grow even more fruit and vegetables throughout the year and
children can help with
everything from seed germination through to cooking and eating. 

Last year, children grew more than 20 pumpkins, and this year they are hoping to repeat this, as well as growing peas, beans, courgettes, broccoli, potatoes and lots more.

 The garden will be managed by children in the afterschool and lunchtime gardening clubs and teachers will use the garden to teach subjects like maths, science and art.

 The polytunnel and vegetable garden is the latest addition to the school orchard, where children planted 12 apple and pear trees, raspberries and strawberries which will all start producing fruit this year.

Head techer Inger O’Callaghan said: "At Glenfrome we use our lovely grounds to enhance all areas of learning. This poly tunnel will give us even more opportunities to inspire our children."