A PRIMARY school near Whitchurch has recently received funding to construct a new outdoor learning area.

Tilstock CE Primary School has received £500 from the Tilstock PCC and a further £500 from the Rotary Club in Whitchurch, which has enabled staff to develop the grounds of the Forest School area and purchase much needed resources to deliver weekly Forest School sessions.

As well as teaching children about the natural world, Forest School will enrich the pupils’ curriculum, through the development of fine motor skills, problem solving skills, teamwork and communication.

On Wednesday, November 20, Tilstock welcomed Peggy Mullock, president of Whitchurch Rotary Club into school.

“It was fantastic to visit today and see the pupils enjoying the newly developed Forest School area," said Peggy.

"Whitchurch Rotary are pleased to be able to help Tilstock CE Primary School enhance their Forest School, which will provide not only enrichment and incentive to the children, but act as a useful learning tool in which the pupils can develop their motor skills.”

The Horseshoes Pub in Tilstock also donated £100 for the development of a Nurture Room at the school.

This is accessed by all pupils and is used to promote the use of the school’s Rest Easy programme, which focuses on well-being and mindfulness by providing pupils with a relaxing and quiet space.

Rowena Kaminski, acting head of school added: “On behalf of all at Tilstock CE Primary School I would like to say a big thank you to all our donators.

"Their generosity has allowed us to fund these fantastic new facilities which will be a real benefit to our pupils going forwards.”