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Outdoor learning environment unveiled at Cotmanhay Junior School… – Ilkeston Life

An outdoor learning environment is unveiled at Cotmanhay Junior School

A project to design and create a new outdoor space at Cotmanhay Junior School has been completed. It was opened by Erewash Mayor Councilor Donna Briggs last Friday.
Principal of the school, Christine Bower, told us: “In partnership with Warwickshire College and the Prince’s Trust, we have designed a project to renovate the outdoor environment into a new school forest area.
“The Prince’s Trust Team program is a 12-week personal development program designed to give young adults the skills, experience and confidence to return to work or school. As part of the Prince’s Trust programme, volunteers worked on site for two weeks: from March 14 to 25.
“Volunteers worked hard every day to clean up the brambles and nettles, replacing them with a fire pit, surrounded by new fruit trees and three hammocks. They also cleaned up the old vegetable beds and each class designed a pattern that been painted around.
“For homework this term, the students grew a plant at home to add to the area. A kind parent, who lives behind the school, donated a polytunnel and we now have tomatoes growing there. Our Grade 6 school counselors planted a pear tree for the Queen’s Green Canopy to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
The students are already feeling the benefits of the new addition to the school environment, especially the hammocks.
One said, “I can’t wait to try the hammocks. I would like to read my book while relaxing.
Another commented: “Sometimes I feel frustrated and angry. Sitting in the hammock helps me feel calm. I like to listen to the birds.
Ms Bower said: “I have seen the volunteers’ confidence, teamwork and leadership skills grow throughout this project, and the end result is fantastic! Whether it’s watering fruit trees, planting vegetables or cooking over the fire, it’s wonderful to see the children using the new outdoor learning environment. »

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