Sacred Heart will use Tesco cash to improving outdoor learning experience

Pupils at Sacred Heart Primary are looking forward to receiving the benefits of an outdoor learning area.
Pupils at Sacred Heart Primary are looking forward to receiving the benefits of an outdoor learning area.

Sacred Heart Primary in Bellshill has been awarded £12,000 through Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme to provide an outdoor learning area.

The money will allow the school to create a trim trail to challenge and provide children with physical learning opportunities which are fun and exciting.

A sheltered area will enable children to sit and communicate with each other during breaks as well as becoming an outdoor classroom.

There will be a greenhouse for children to plant their own fruit and vegetables to use during their focus on food time, with plans to work with Tesco’s Farm to Fork initiative.

Additional outdoor games and equipment will provide enhanced learning opportunities including a sensory area with the likes of a sand pit, water area and music area.

Depute head Angela Harley said: “Developing the trim trail will support the national two hours per week physical education policy and also get children outside to play.

“They will learn to risk assess and work as part of a team developing their social skills and logical thinking skills.

“Having a greenhouse will encourage the children to be responsible and teach them a variety of life-long skills.

“Providing different stimulus will benefit all children within the school especially those with additional support needs.”

The park in Hope Street, Mossend, received £10,000 to install a specialist wheelchair swing for disabled young people.

Mossend and Holytown councillor Frank McNally said: “I am delighted the Hope Street park will benefit from this specialist wheelchair swing, the first of its type in North Lanarkshire.”

£8,000 will go to Viewpark Family Centre to create a garden.