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.