Open air classroom boosts students’ learning at Brimsham Green School

September 28 2015

AN outdoor learning project at Brimsham Green School in Yate has been hailed a success after a pilot scheme was run during the spring and summer.

AN outdoor learning project at Brimsham Green School in Yate has been hailed a success after a pilot scheme was run during the spring and summer.

 A team from the school’s English department, led by teacher Dan Fox, devised the project to give pupils a different and potentially more effective area in which to learn. 

Students from year seven 7 took part in the pilot to explore the effects of moving English lessons out of the classroom and into the school grounds.

Leaders were especially keen to see how the change made a difference to the youngsters’ descriptive writing.

Funding of £2,000 came from local Rotary clubs to build the classroom, which can now be used by all Brimsham pupils, as well as children from nearby primary schools.

At the end of the pilot, the school said there were positive results, with written assessments improving markedly among year seven pupils and GCSE students also producing better creative writing.

Mr Fox said: “Feedback from the students showed that everyone enjoyed the project.”