Case Study 9 - Portfield Special School, Pembrokeshire
Positive features in the new build include the creation of external spaces adjacent to classrooms that are accessible to all, and partial cover to provide a transitional space between indoor and outdoor learning areas. Lessons often extend into the spaces outside - tables and chairs are brought outside and the partial shade and shelter keep the spaces dry whatever the weather, so they can be used throughout the year.
The grounds include a range of gathering spaces for groups and whole classes, a raised pond and bird hide as well as a willow tunnel, composting facilities and a polytunnel. Gardening activities are run by a teacher who aims to ensure that horticulture supports fully inclusive learning experiences. He believes that children, even from a rural setting, need to reconnect with nature and understand that what they eat comes from the soil.
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