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Students help create “excellent” outdoor learning environment for Wrexham primary school

Staff and pupils at a Wrexham primary school have benefited from new outdoor learning environments thanks to the support of Coleg Cambria.

Students from Coleg Cambria Bersham Road along with their tutor have been working closely with Wat’s Dyke C.P School in Garden Village for a number of months to complete the transformation of the outdoor space using the skills they have learned in college.

In July 2017 the school celebrated the official opening of its outdoor classroom, which was designed and built by the students and staff of the carpentry and joinery department of Coleg Cambria. The timber was supplied by Arnold Laver.

Located on the school’s playing fields the new classroom, which which had been an ambition of the schools for six years, was paid for by the Wat’s Dyke P.T.A..

Emma Roberts, foundation phase lead at the school said: “I cannot express how supportive, co-operative and enthusiastic the team have been in helping to create enticing, rich outdoor learning environments for the children at our school.

“We feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to ‘tap into’ the skills of the fantastic staff and students and because of their hard work our outdoor area has been transformed.

“We feel confident that because of the hard work of the Coleg Cambria team and the staff at Wat’s Dyke we now have a fabulous provision for the children to develop a wide range of literacy, numeracy and topic based skills.

Coleg Cambria Assistant Principal & Director of Curriculum, Nick Tyson added: “I would like to thank all involved in this project from the students to the staff at Bersham Road and those at the school.

“We are really pleased the outside space is providing an excellent learning resource for the children at Wat’s Dyke C.P School and we hope to continue the partnership to further enhance the outdoor learning environments, which in turn gives our students the opportunity to use the skills they’ve learnt in college in a real environment.”

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