Outdoor learning bears fruit at Bishop Road

November 01 2016

PUPILS, staff and the PTFA of Bishop Road School came together for a celebratory planting session in October, following a successful fundraising campaign to provide an outdoor learning environment for the popular city school.

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PUPILS, staff and the PTFA of Bishop Road School came together for a celebratory planting session in October, following a successful fundraising campaign to provide an outdoor learning environment for the popular city school.

A number of fruit trees - apple, pear and cherry - were planted by the children with some guidance from the adults. It has been a project that has involved everybody from across the entire school, from reception to year 6.

Teacher, Mr Kieboom, said: “We are getting the trees in now for the orchard area so that there is at least one tree for every year group. The children can harvest the pears and the apples and understand the lifecycle of the fruit. 

“We want to make the meadow area somewhere we can come and study science and on-site at school. We’ve set up a rota for every year group to be able to go into this nature area for outdoor art lessons, studying the science and the nature.”

This is the final stage of fundraising £2,500 but the plan is to raise more money to plant more trees and provide extra activities for the after school club that use these fields. A planted native hedgerow is going in by the allotment fence, using Hawthorn and Hazel. 

Lucy Reeves said: “We will be able to talk to the children about hedgerow plants and why they are growing. We are going to interplant with some bulbs to make it a pretty place for classes. It’s a nice elevated view looking out over the grass. 

“We have been blessed with generous parents. We have raised beds and the after school, eco school club at the allotment. We are arranging for each class to come up here for at least two times so that they can plant something and harvest it later in the year."

Mr Kieboom added: “The school is on such an urban site and although we are in quite an affluent area, we can’t take for granted that children have access to nature. Countless studies have shown that it is a calming influence for children to be in a natural area - they have a natural affinity to nature.”