The premises team would like to make the school community aware of this project. The following sets out what you can expect from the new outdoor classroom at Nant-y-Cwm.
During the Easter holidays we will be installing an outdoor classroom within the main school grounds. It will be located behind the composting toilet and work will commence on the 5/6th of April. There will be a digger and dumper on site to create a level platform on which to build the structure. The weekend of the 23/24th April will see the structure erected using poles concreted into the ground, cladded walls and a canopy suspended above the structure.
This installation will provide cover and protection from the elements (although not completely enclosed) and is designed to enable structured teaching and learning to take place for up to 30 children in an outdoor setting. It will provide an auxiliary teaching space for the school that can be timetabled amongst the teaching team for year round use. There will be simple movable seating, a fire bowl and visual aids such as blackboards.
Around 100 of these structures have been installed in schools across the UK and over 40 have been shipped to Waldorf Schools in the US. They are designed and installed by a company called School Outdoor Learning which Mike Hargreaves (parent) was associated with.
All the timber used is chemical free and locally sourced.
Finally, the canopy itself is robust and stands up well against the elements; however, in gale force winds it is advisable to drop the canopy and lash it to the central pole. This is quick and easy.
We are also looking for 2-3 volunteers to help with the installation during the weekend of 23rd / 24th April. If you can spare some time on one or both days, we’d love to have your assistance. Please contact Mike or Patrick to book in.
If you have any requests, concerns or questions about the project then contact Mike Hargreaves.