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Laxton Junior School, in Oundle, create woodland garden with Woodland Trust



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Pupils are taking their learning out of the classroom thanks to a new woodland garden.

The garden, which was officially opened at Laxton Junior School in Oundle last week, was designed and created by staff and schoolchildren who planted saplings donated by the Woodland Trust.

As well as LJS pupils, children from local nurseries are also being invited to use the space to develop outdoor learning skills and as an outdoor classroom for other lessons.

Timothy Coleridge, school governor, and Master of the Worshipful Company of the Grocers, helped officially open the new woodland garden
Timothy Coleridge, school governor, and Master of the Worshipful Company of the Grocers, helped officially open the new woodland garden

Laxton Junior School headteacher Sam Robertson said: “With the constant lure of technology and two years of being asked to stay at home to differing extents, never has it been more important to bring children, their learning and wellbeing into the open spaces and natural places of an engaging outdoor environment.”

Regular activities include den building, learning about firecraft in the Fire Garden, practising letters or maths on the wooden Art Wall and performing concerts and plays in the bandstand and tepee.

Heather Poole, outdoor learning lead at LJS, added: “Through all of our outdoor learning opportunities, children learn to be resilient, confident and collaborative learners who are able to take positive risks within all environments.

The plaque was designed and created in Oundle School’s Patrick Engineering Centre
The plaque was designed and created in Oundle School’s Patrick Engineering Centre

"It is not simply a lesson, it is a community activity that enables children to focus on care and kindness for each other as well as their environment.”



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