PUPILS at a Heanor school are set to get a new £20,000 outdoor literacy area.
Children and staff at Howitt Primary School in Holmes Street, are working hard to raise the money for the specialised outdoor learning area, with help from its parent- teacher association.
Deputy headteacher Lynn Pilling said the idea for the area came after the school’s ‘Aspiration Week’ last year.
A visiting builder gave them ideas on what to do with unused and empty land at the school – and the project was born.
She said: “We believe the area will enhance the learning of the children. We don’t have any outdoor areas and we wanted to expand the children’s experiences and give them somewhere to perform in.
“We are very excited.”
The new area will feature a stage with an overhead canopy so the children can put on shows for their parents. There will be a seating area as well as a gazebo for storytelling. There will also be three small houses in the style of the fairytale Three Little Pigs.
Work on the site is expected to take place shortly, with the decking and the seating being built first. The fund raising will continue with a fundraising table top sale at the school on Saturday, April 28, from 10am to 1pm at the school.
The school is also appealing to local businesses for donations.