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19 October 2011

Pupils enjoy the great outdoors
Pupils at a Sheffield primary school are going back to nature for their lessons - in a brand new outdoor classroom, built in their playground

Infants at Oughtibridge Primary School are having lessons in a specially designed wooden structure, open to the sun and fresh air but sheltered by a roof and sturdy blinds.

Headteacher Patricia Munt said it was obvious the school needed more space and the pupils had all embraced the novel idea of being able to learn their lessons outdoors.

She said the new classroom was also proving more cost-effective and sustainable than adding a conventional extension to the school.

Members of the school council were at a meeting about eco-schools and heard about the idea there, said Mrs Munt.

After that the infants put together a presentation - and a begging letter!

Its been very nice as the whole school community has been involved.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield officially declared the new classroom open, and pupils and teachers alike have been warming to their new al fresco lessons.

We had a choir singing to open the classroom, plus maypole dancing, Year 5 and 6 pupils performing poetry, and Year 3 and 4 youngsters doing clapping games with the parents, said Mrs Munt.

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