Kids at a South Tyneside school enjoy alfresco lessons

Youngsters enjoying outdoor lessons at Epinay School.
Youngsters enjoying outdoor lessons at Epinay School.

Pupils at a South Tyneside school had a blast when their classroom lessons were brought outdoors.

Youngsters at Epinay Business and Enterprise School, in Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow, had the chance to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air while learning this week, as they took part in Outdoor Classroom Day.

Pupils made a rocket during their outdoor lessons.

Pupils made a rocket during their outdoor lessons.

They enjoyed a range of activities from singing, to taking part in a maths trail, creating rockets and getting crafty with totem poles.

Ann Walsh, a PE teacher, said: “Our outdoor classroom day was a huge success.

“It should have really been held in May, as it’s a global event, but I spotted the promotion too late but thought it would a great thing to be part of so we settled for this week so we could involve the whole school.

“I drew up a timetable and asked staff to volunteer to lead activities for the children to take part in – we had singing, samba, forest school, rocket launching, a maths trail, rock stories and totem pole building.”

Students learning new things outdoors.

Students learning new things outdoors.

The children had the chance to enjoy all the tasks on offer as they were put into teams and rotated.

Mrs Walsh, who organises the borough’s annual Relay For Life event to raise cash for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), also held a mini relay for her pupils to take part in.

She said: “I decided to incorporate a school Race For Life to raise money.

“Classes had a 20-minute slot and they had to complete as many laps of the track as possible – with the winning class receiving a prize.

“The pupils were also asked to get sponsored, and all of the money will be donated to CRUK.”

During the afternoon the school’s Year 10 and Year 11 sports leaders organised inter-house handball games and the day was finished with a Staff v Pupils football match.

Mrs Walsh added: “It was a great success and we hope to make it a yearly event.

“All of the staff and pupils were very supportive.”