AN INNOVATIVE outdoor learning area that has been created in the grounds of a Hartlepool school was set to be officially unveiled by a children’s TV star today.
TV personality Naomi Wilkinson was to be guest of honour at the launch of the Rossmere Forest School project at Rossmere Primary School, Catcote Road, in Hartlepool, at 12pm.
The transformation has been amazing and the site is set to provide a huge boost to learning for pupils in all parts of the town.Lynne Pawley, headteacher
The CBBC star - who has her own show, Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature - will cut a ribbon at the entrance to the site.
She will be joined by Hartlepool Borough Council’s new chief executive Gill Alexander.
Around 1,200 pupils and staff from schools around Hartlepool and other visitors will also be present.
The project has involved turning a former playing field at the corner of Callander Road and Catcote Road into a natural learning environment.
It features an outdoor eco-classroom, a teaching space based on the design of a traditional Central Asian nomad yurt, hundreds of trees and shrubs, a wetland area, a pond-dipping platform, a fire pit, meadows, areas for den building, a ravine and a bird hide and bird station.
Rossmere Primary School headteacher Lynne Pawley said: “The transformation has been amazing and the site is set to provide a huge boost to learning for pupils in all parts of the town.
“It will enable teachers to bring the academic curriculum to life through a range of adventurous, stimulating activities.”
The Forest School project has been designed by the council’s Building Design and Construction Consultancy.