Riverbank project to provide “outdoor classroom” for 12 months

A RIVERBANK which has been designated for improvements will enable Dunmow school pupils to have an “outdoor classroom” for the next 12 months.

Children from Helena Romanes paid a visit to the River Chelmer at the point it meanders past St Mary’s Church ahead of a scheme to make the bank a better place for people.

In total 20 Year 8s joined in geography work including taking ‘before’ photographs, and carrying out questionnaires. They will also track the project as it evolves.

Head of geography Liz Withers said: “We hope that in the next 12 months we will be able to incorporate the river bank area in the churchyard into our lesson planning, and take students down to the area to use it as an outdoor classroom.

“Geography is a very hands-on subject, but all too often we have to stay inside to teach our students.

“With this exciting resource on our doorstep, we can allow students to see the processes and landforms that we learn about in the classroom for themselves, as well as joining with the church to enhance our community links.”

During last Thursday’s visit the pupils’ surveyed public opinion on the project which will see land cleared, a walkway and some seating put in, and received many positive comments.

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