Pupils plant their own 'classroom'

Children at Longburn School have got their hands dirty in order to learn about the environment.

Students, with help from Horizons Regional Council staff, have this week planted 600 native plants as part the of the school's plan to develop an outdoor classroom.

Horizons environmental management officer Neil Mickleson said the area at the back of the school was "a sea of flax dropping off into a lowland area that covers about half a hectare of bush remnant".

Each variety of tree will have a sign with its name and identifying features, so children will be able to identify other trees of that species.

"It's great to have the littlies involved first off as they'll be here as the trees mature," he said.

Teacher Shelley Lagah said the installation of a seating area would help create a fully functional learning space.

"We envisage an outdoor learning environment where the whole school can learn about our natural environment and the creatures that inhabit it," she said. "It's a great resource that we hope will become a teaching tool for other schools and the wider community as well."

Manawatu Standard