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Park in a class of its own

NEWCASTLE schoolchildren will be stepping outside their normal routine this week, as part of a national initiative celebrating the learning benefits of ‘the great outdoors’.

Lessons will move out of the classroom and transfer to nearby Chesterton Park for pupils from Crackley Bank Primary on Thursday, 18 May, which has been designated as Empty Classroom Day by Eco Schools* England.

Helped by members of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s Community Development team, the youngsters will learn how to make bird feeders out of pine cones, as well as planting onion sets and sowing carrot, cauliflower, beetroot and parsnip seeds in the park’s food garden.

Empty Classroom Day is designed to encourage every pupil in the country to get outdoors to learn and play.

In 2016, more than 2,000 schools and a quarter of a million children took part.