Outdoor learning boosted for Caistor schoolchildren

Montessori pupils with the finished outdoor classroom
Montessori pupils with the finished outdoor classroom

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”