Outdoor fun!
Friday 31st January 2014 @ 13:30 by Lisa B

Whatever the weather there’s always time for outdoor lessons at three Glossopdale schools.

Woodland learning

Woodland learning

Snow, wind, gales and sunshine, nothing deters pupils from changing out of their uniforms and heading for the woods.

Even in blizzards, the hardy kids slip out of warm classrooms in the warmest of clothes.

Well they do at Duke of Norfolk, All Saints and St Margaret’s Primaries, which have all become Forest Schools. In fact they are so popular that the schools roll out the lessons to all age groups.

Duke of Norfolk teacher Chris Ellison flits between all three, telling the children about the great outdoors.

The lessons are tied in with whatever projects the schools are teaching at the time.

It could be exploring the grounds as part of a geography assignment. Or creating a nest for a mythical bird.

Chris is also keen on hands on work, such as building camps and woodcraft.

On Monday pupils at his own school on Royle Avenue took to the nearby woods.

Duke of Norfolk teacher Nicola Reddican confirmed the pupils love it.

“But we could not do it without the parents,” she said.

“Because the children go out in all weathers they make sure they have a change of clothes and wellies.

“They also help out with the classes.”

Forest Schools are aimed at encouraging children to enjoy outdoor learning and play in a woodland environment.846