Prep School opens outdoor classroom

Plymouth College Prep School opens doors of its new outdoor classroom to provide an additional and alternative learning environment

Plymouth College Preparatory School’s new outside space, at its Millfields base, is to be used mainly by the Early Years team so that, as well as a traditional classroom, the children have an alternative environment for learning.

One of the many features of the outdoor classroom is a water pump and the children have already been given the challenge of watering the ground away from the pump. This has encouraged problem-solving and independent learning, while also proving to be lots of fun.

Other features include an amphitheatre providing a performance and seating area, sensory planting adding to the smells and textures of the environment and a castle to encourage imaginative play. There is also a circular path, which can be used by the children, for riding bikes and scooters.

Headmaster, Chris Gatherer, said: “This is a wonderful space and will really help to stimulate the children’s learning skills. I am particularly looking forward to seeing it used for performances, which is such a great way for children to build their confidence.”

The Prep School’s Chairman of Governors, David Woodgate, unveiled a plaque and planted a myrtle bush at the official opening.

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