Children at Lincolnshire
Montessori School in Caistor have been ‘topping out’ their new outdoor classroom this term.
The classroom, constructed by the children and Stallingborough-based social enterprise GreenHeart, has taken three months to build.
Using local wood and green woodworking skills, the classroom features an intricate roof, benches and a xylophone made by the children.
Friends of Lincolnshire Montessori secured more than £9,000 from the National Lottery Awards for All programme.
Chair of the committee Amy Hunter said: “As a group of parents we were thrilled with the Lottery grant which will make a real difference to outdoor learning for lots of children.
“The fact that the children were involved in constructing the classroom is a real bonus.”
The funds were used to build the outdoor classroom, support the Forest Schools qualifications for the staff team and buy den-making resources.
“Our Friends group is an invaluable source of support for our nurseries and school,” said Nathan Archer, Development Manager.
“They work very hard all year on a range of fundraising activities towards resources and events for the children.
“We are enormously grateful for their efforts and we also say a big thank you to Pat at GreenHeart for an amazing structure which enhances our outdoor environment”