Rodmell children explore open air classroom

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Children from Rodmell Primary School enjoyed a day out exploring the downs thanks to Plumpton College and the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNP).

The 26 children are part of a project which aims to get primary school children excited about their lessons while finding out what makes the National Park special.

The project is led by Plumpton College’s Children’s Rural Education Centre and supported by the SDNP’s Sustainable Communities Fund.

The day out followed a classroom lesson about farming, wildlife and people in the South Downs and they will later also visit a local farm in the National Park.

Comments from the children included: “I liked it when I found the wild orchid”; “I learned about the river and how it used to be used to transport things”; “I really liked the view”; and “It was quite a long way but it was fun!”

Nine other local schools are also part of the project, which the SDNP’s Sustainable Communities Fund is supporting with funding of up to £5,512. The Sustainable Communities Fund (SCF) is a £700,000 grant fund running from 2011 to 2013. Grants are available for up to 60 per cent of the project cost from £250 to a maximum of £20,000.

Pictured during Rodmell’s day out are, front row, left to right: Brandon Mariette, Poppy Griffiths, Maddison Gore, Ella Wheatman, Elana Busk, Alex Dennis, Ella Cameron, Jessica Grace, Sophie Dartnell, Louie Giles, Finley Young.

Second row: Harris Brooks, Shannon Jones-Steer, Mya Mariette, Eleanor Bielby, Alfie Barnes, Max Francis, Reece Hemmings, Jude Barlow, Finley Saunders.

Back row; Janette Mitten, Ann Tyrrell, Natalie Hearsey, Lynn Clark, Deborah Brickell, Edward King, Hayley Smith, Ceri-Marie McIntyre, Bailey Young, Zoe Short.