Roots of good education

A primary school in Meir has a brand new outdoor classroom for its nursery pupils thanks to the Realise Foundation.

The £10,000 ‘phonics classroom’ project at St Augustine’s Catholic Academy will help youngsters improve their reading by providing a dedicated space set aside to let their imaginations run wild.
Pupils got involved in designing the look of the new room, making it feature a tree which they can step into.
The whole school community also supported the project by fundraising £1,000 for the build and parents have been attending phonics workshops encouraging more reading at home.
Claire Weston, parent governor at the school, said: “Generations will benefit from this outdoor classroom, we have 60 children in our early years each year and hopefully this will also give the community a huge boost to see what can be done with a greater emphasis on reading.
“Lots of parents will be able to see the classroom in action and understand the benefits of reading at home with their youngsters.
“The room will be a ‘hub’ for all things phonics, promoting the importance of developing the early skills of reading.
“It is designed like a tree where you can plant the roots of a good education.
“As part of the project another outdoor structure also had a makeover with a floor installed and improvements made to make it enclosed from the elements. In effect it means it can be used in any weather without the fear of being blown away.”