Dales schools make most of new outdoor space

Pupils enjoying the new outdoor space at West Burton Primary School.

Bainbridge, Askrigg and West Burton schools have been making the most out of their new outdoor classroom spaces.

BAWB Federation outdoor learning and PE coordinator, Rob Stokes, spent his time during school closure preparing all three sites for his forest school sessions.

This has involved many hours of planning, preparation and clearing of the areas.

Fallen branches have been hand-cut into pegs then hammered into the ground to mark out the safe areas and the grass inside the pegged areas has been cleared away to be replaced by gravel.

Finally, wooden stumps and logs that were donated by several families were then arranged to create informal outdoor classrooms.

The area at Bainbridge School is already used outside of forest schools for lunchtime picnics and for story time.

Staff say that since welcoming approximately 80 per cent of the pupils back across all three sites, the forest school provision has been the weekly highlight.

Co-headteacher Eleanor Harrison said: “It has been wonderful to have so many children back in our schools over the past half-term, enjoying time in our extensive outdoor spaces and classrooms.

“We are very grateful to Rob Stokes for providing such fantastic tailored learning experiences for all of our pupils, from three-year-olds in nursery, right through to our year 6 pupils.

“We are very proud of this amazing provision within our schools.”