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Rawtenstall children going back to nature for their lesson
A PRIMARY school in Rawtenstall has created an environmental area, filled with flora and fauna, to get children out of the classroom and into the wild.
St Mary’s CE Primary, in Haslingden Old Road, has reinvigorated the once-derelict and overgrown patch of land behind the school and turned it into a hive of hands-on learning.
Volunteers, including staff, governors, parents and pupils, have spent 18 months clearing, planting and nourishing the patch, and revealing the area’s potential.
It has a stream with a bridge over it flowing into a pond filled with frogs and plants.
Headteacher Ian Holden said the children have been enthusiastic about learning about nature.
He said: “We’ve been trying to get the children to have as many hands on experiences as possible.
“Because although classroom learning, like reading and writing, are highly important, it’s important to get the children exploring for themselves and asking the questions. The children pick up sticks and leaves and study and draw them, and ask the teachers how it is all made and works.
“Today, a child picked up a worm.
“And the class then ended up having a lesson about it.”
Pennine Groundwork and Incredible Edible Rossendale have also been involved with the planning and creation of the environmental area, which Mr Holden wants to become a community resource.
He said: “I’d like to get more pre-school children in, so they can experience nature and encourage their curiosity as early as possible.”
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