News story from Coworth Flexlands School

Dr. Deborah Harvey at Coworth Flexlands School on Outdoor Classroom Day

National Outdoor Classroom Day, 18th May, was extra special. Dr. Deborah Harvey, from the Royal Holloway University of London, officially cut the ribbon to open the new outdoor classroom, then spend some time with the children.

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19th May 2017 — The children were particularly thrilled when Dr Harvey showed them how to use small, powerful microscopes that attach directly to i-pads and i-phones, and were eager to show off the amazing photographs they had taken of fern spores and insects on tree bark! Dr Harvey is working with the school on a research project to measure the impact outdoor learning has on children's well-being. Dr. Harvey is also closely involved in the Royal Holloway schools’ biodiversity project https://schoolsbiodiversityproject.com  . Anne Sweeney, Head, said "We are very grateful to Dr. Harvey and her team at Royal Holloway University for the time and energy that they give to enthusing the next generation in all things ecological. We look forward to Dr. Harvey's return at our Year 6 Prize Giving ceremony. Her speeches are always informative and entertaining."

The Outdoor Classroom adjoins the school allotments and the main Forest School woodland area where all the children at Coworth Flexlands School have regular outdoor learning sessions with our two Forest School practitioners. Today, as we often do, pupils enjoyed the school's extensive grounds for art, science, drama, English, design and maths lessons. The Outdoor Classroom is going to be well used. 

The school is very grateful to the parents’ School Social Committee, which raised the monies to purchase the Outdoor Classroom. Many of our parents joined their children for the opening of the outdoor classroom and stayed on to see first hand the benefits that being in a natural environment brings to their children. Our next project is to complete our Eco School Green Flag application and introduce stag beetle breeding tubs in the woodlands.

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Coworth Flexlands School (Boys 3-7, Girls 3-11) is a day school in Surrey.

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