New outdoor canopy for St Josephs pupils

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 06 November 2017

Children under the new canopy at St Josephs school. Ref exe 44 17TI 3030. Picture: Terry Ife

Children under the new canopy at St Josephs school. Ref exe 44 17TI 3030. Picture: Terry Ife


Youngsters from years one and two at St Joseph’s Primary School will now have more classes outdoors after a new canopy was fitted to their classrooms.

Pupils at an Exmouth primary school now have new shelters allowing them to extend their learning to the outdoors.

All the classrooms at St Joseph’s Primary School, in Regents Gate, have a patio attached but adverse weather conditions have sometimes curtailed outdoor lessons.

This led acting head teacher Nicola Taylor-Bashford to launch an 18-month passion project which would allow children to learn outside.

After nearly £10,000 was raised by the school’s PTA, children in years one and two now have a shelter to protect them from the elements.

Mrs Taylor-Bashford said that previous attempts to take classes outdoors have been affected by windy and wet conditions.

She added: “It means the children can extend their learning into the outdoors all year round in all weathers.

“They have been having a wonderful time using the area for things like role play, maths, storytelling and science.”

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