Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

"Anything you can teach in an indoor classroom can be taught outdoors, often in ways that are more enjoyable for children." Cathy James author of The Garden Classroom

Inchture Primary School is an inclusive, welcoming, creative, community school located in a rural Perthshire village with pupils coming from all sections of the local community. The schools vision is to provide high quality learning experiences for all its pupils, so they can be the best they can, in all aspects of their lives and enjoy themselves while doing so.

The school values its outdoor space and is keen to enhance their current facilities to enable more outdoor education to take place. The teachers try where possible to take the children outside for lessons, recently pupils from Primary 2 utilised the playground space to form a human chain to measure out the length of a Viking Longship and at the start of term the nursery children welcomed some four legged friends who came for a visit to the school playground.

Research shows that there are many benefits to outdoor Education including:

• Developing learning abilities
• Improving self-confidence
• Encouraging children’s creative thinking
• Cognitive behaviour
• Physical fitness
• Positive mental health
• Social skills
• High concentration
• Motivation
• Independence

Who will benefit from the enhancement of the outdoor learning space:

• 220 children who attend the Primary School
• 40 children who attend the School Nursery

The school would like to enhance its outdoor learning space by purchasing some additional picnic tables and benches, so the children will have areas to sit and work at whilst enjoying the outdoor setting.

The Schools Parent Council are applying to the Aviva Community Fund to request £1000, this would allow us to buy additional outdoor seating, which would greatly benefit the learning experiences of both current and future pupils.

Inchture Primary School

Inchture Primary School is genuinely focused on providing an environment that is fully inclusive for all pupils.

The enhancement of the outdoor learning space, will provide the teaching staff with the facilities required to inspire and support pupil development and wellbeing.

Mary Smith

Location: Inchture