School’s dream of an outdoor haven for kids

Helen Clarkson, head teacher at Shade School, with pupils
Helen Clarkson, head teacher at Shade School, with pupils

A primary school is launching a fundraising drive to help to realise its dream of creating an outdoor haven in its grounds.

Shade School wants to take the classroom to the great outdoors by building an outdoor learning space and woodland walk.

The school, on Knowlwood Road, Todmorden, has launched a ‘Shade for Shade’ campaign to generate funds to build an outdoor classroom for pupils and teachers.

A Grand Summer Fayre will kick off the fundraising to help find the £7,000 needed for the ambitious project.

The school will open its doors to the public for the event on Saturday from 11am to 1pm.

Visitors can expect tombolas, a bouncy castle, stalls, plus the chane to win prizes in a raffle.

And for those feeling peckish, the school is offering a traditional ploughman’s lunch, homemade produce and ice creams.

Shade School head teacher, Helen Clarkson, said: “Giving our children a new setting in which to learn is a priority at Shade School.

“It’s hoped that it will have a big impact on their motivation and allow the children to connect with nature.

“At the moment they are surrounded by tarmac and it is envisaged that the new classroom will be set in a wider natural wildlife garden that the Friends of Shade Parents and Teachers Association is also developing.

“Working among natural surroundings will enhance the imagination and creativity we pride ourselves on applying to teaching and learning.

“Talking to the pupils about the eco-friendly features of the build will also be a great way to teach them about sustainability and the environment.

“We know that pupils at the school for years to come will be able to enjoy this development.”

The fayre will also include a competition where pupils can share their vision of how they would like the new classroom to look.

Mrs Clarkson added: “The children are going to come up with some designs so they can have a real sense of involvement,

“They will really see their thoughts and ideas in the building.”

Entrance to the fayre is £1 for adults, free for children and all proceeds will go to the Shade for Shade project.

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