Rhunahaorine pupils embrace the great outdoors

Rhunahaorine children are enjoying learning in their bell tent purchased through a grant from the Scottish Salmon Company.

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All weather learning has been key to Rhunahaorine Primary School this year as it makes every effort to ‘stay safe’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both the Early Learning Centre (ELC) and primary children have been exploring healthy ways to learn, and have fun at the same time, and a recent grant from the Scottish Salmon Company has equipped the youngsters further in their endeavours.

Rhunahaorine head teacher Catriona Brown told the Courier: ‘All schools have been encouraged to embrace outdoor learning even more than before to reduce the spread of Covid.

‘It has been widely acknowledged that it is safer to be in open areas than in enclosed buildings. Even in the classroom windows are open at either end of the room keeping the air circulated and the working area well ventilated.’

Throughout the year Rhunahaorine children have been developing their outdoor space, with the ELC now having a well-established mud kitchen and the school children developing a restaurant and a row of shops.

‘This will help with their numeracy and literacy skills,’ added Ms Brown.

‘They have also been  fortunate to receive a grant from the Scottish Salmon Company, with the help of a parent who works there, which was used to purchase a bell tent, providing a snug area for reading and literacy.’

The bell tent was welcomed with great excitement from the children with Austin saying: ‘It’s a circus tent!’

Craig thinks being inside is, ‘amazing’ while Lochlen likes it as it is, ‘waterproof
and how it is all white’. Stuart hopes that, ‘the tent doesn’t blow down’ and is looking forward to bringing books outside.

Logan and Cayden both think it is, ‘cosy’ and like doing their work in it. Everyone thinks it is fun with Camile adding: ‘It’s cool.’

Ms Brown added: ‘Working in schools has been a challenge for school staff everywhere throughout the pandemic and I am extremely grateful for the support of all Rhunahaorine parents and partners.

‘It has been of paramount importance to promote the happiness and wellbeing of all the children and this is what we have all been striving to do at Rhunahaorine.’