School’s out . . . in the garden

Children at the opening of the new garden classroom at Broomhill Infants School.
Children at the opening of the new garden classroom at Broomhill Infants School.
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EVERYTHING in the garden’s lovely at this Sheffield infant school - including its new outdoor classroom.

The facility at Broomhill Infants has been created with the help of a £50,000 grant and advice from specialists Garden Escapes who completed the building work.

Brightside and Hillsborough MP David Blunkett came to officially open the classroom and enjoyed a reading session with some of the children.

Headteacher Moira Alfaham said the funding had come from the national Extended Schools programme which encourages pupils to enjoy activities outside of normal school hours.

“We have a Victorian building which is very tight for space so it is good to move outdoors when we can,” she said.

“We had an old garden classroom but it was basically only a stone shed which had to be demolished. Now we have a brand new space where we can hold lessons, meetings and all sorts of environmental work, including sessions taking in science, geography and ICT.

“The classroom also has a living green roof,” Moira said.

“It also has a kitchen and toilet area so it is completely independent from the school itself.”

Mr Blunkett was invited to perform the opening as he knew one of the school’s governors.

“David was very interested in the classroom and the children, and they were very interested in him - and of course in his guide dog Sadie!” Moira added.

n Class Act: Pages 16-18.