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Youngsters in Martham unearth lessons in new garden

15:51 10 June 2014

Martham Primary School having a outdoor learning day and opening of the new woodland walk.
Co-ordinator Katie Partridge with some of the children.

Picture: James Bass

Martham Primary School having a outdoor learning day and opening of the new woodland walk. Co-ordinator Katie Partridge with some of the children. Picture: James Bass

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Pens and exercise books were tossed aside as children at a village primary school rolled up their sleeves in the great outdoors.

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Martham Primary School having a outdoor learning day and opening of the new woodland walk.
Andy Holland who desinged and made the woodland walk with some of the children.

Picture: James BassMartham Primary School having a outdoor learning day and opening of the new woodland walk. Andy Holland who desinged and made the woodland walk with some of the children. Picture: James Bass

Youngsters at Martham Primary enjoyed a garden day to celebrate their new school woodland and vegetable plot which is helping them to blossom.

Year 4 teacher Katie Partridge said the idea was to showcase all the activities the school could do outside.

To mark the occasion the children planted an apple tree and potted herbs.

Ms Partridge said the new woodland was the work of parent Andy Holland who had transformed the hazardous spot, little more that a tangle of weeds and brambles, into a nature haven.

Welcome additions include a bird feeding area, bug hotel, seating and story-telling area, helping it to play an important role in the pupils’ learning.

She said the area would be used several times a week offering hands-on fun away from the confines of the classroom.

Taking maths and writing outside made it more fun and stimulating, especially for younger children.

And those that struggled at their desks often found things made sense once they were outside and concentrated on other things.

As well as the obvious opportunities for science the garden could cultivate an extra dimension in all subjects including art and literacy.

“We have a large school field and really nice outdoor space which helps with art activities, maths an science,” Ms Partridge said. “We just wanted to show what the outdoors can offer. We have plenty of tools in the shed and the children can potter about pulling up weeds and watering the plants.”

She hailed the work of Mr Holland whose two older children have already been through the school, with one child remaining on its roll.

In his hands the area had been transformed from an wasteland into a vibrant learning area that was a real asset to the school.

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