PUPILS at Abberley Hall School will now be learning in the open air due to the launch of an array of outdoor classrooms.

The school has created an outdoor education and forest school centre, which is set in more than 100 acres of land in Great Witley.

The centre includes facilities for literacy and numeracy lessons, music and drama performances, practical design and technology sessions, as well as cookery and overnight stays.

Overseen by a team of qualified Forest School leaders, the outdoor learning area aims to offer an inspirational experience to pupils.

Matt Bennett-Tomlin, outdoor education co-ordinator, said the hands-on learning approach is linked to many subjects and areas of the national curriculum.

“All pupils are included in fun child-led activities and experiences and are given the freedom to explore and assess risks for themselves,” he said.

“Both teachers and youngsters alike love the new outdoor learning area at Abberley – it has become very much part of the normal school week to take classes in this woodland environment and they take place in all weathers throughout the year.

“We have found that the motivation of children, especially those with the need for learning support, is increased in our natural outdoor setting.

“Allowing them to explore and experience the natural environment for themselves builds their independence, confidence, self-esteem, motivation and concentration as well as social and physical skills.”