School near Honiton hopes to net £5,000 for new outdoor classroom

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:56 26 May 2017

Staff and pupils at Upottery Primary School are appealing for funds for a new outdoor garden.

Staff and pupils at Upottery Primary School are appealing for funds for a new outdoor garden.

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Pupils are currently learning a range of outdoor skills.

A fundraising appeal has been launched by a school near Honiton so it can achieve its aim of building an outdoor classroom.

Upottery Primary School has been building a forest school in the last few years - with children getting active in creating a mud kitchen and wild area.

Buoyed by a £100 donation from Honiton and District Lions Club, the pupils have learnt to use new tools when undergoing their forest school sessions.

So far, the youngsters have learnt to use loppers to create bug villas, shear lashing when building tall towers and how to tie a timber hitch for den building.

Now, the school has the chance to land £5,000 after it was chosen as a beneficiary of Tesco’s community fundraising scheme.

A spokesman for the school said: “We are extremely excited to be one of Tesco’s current nominated community projects.

“Tesco shoppers are able to support the project by putting their blue token (given at the checkout) into the Upottery Primary box.

“The community project with the highest number of tokens at the end of June will receive £5,000, which would be a huge step towards an outdoor classroom.

“The staff and children at Upottery are keeping their fingers crossed that Honiton shoppers will get behind their dream so that pupils can spend more time outside - being active and learning in all weather conditions.”

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