School to use cash gift for mini beast area

A primary school will use a £2,000 grant to develop an outdoor storytelling area and ‘mini-beast zone’.

Moto Services, which runs the Pease Pottage motorway services station, presented a cheque for £2,000 to The Bewbush Academy.

Kat Storey, the teacher responsible for the school’s eco-projects, said: “We are very grateful to Moto for giving us the grant.

“We plan to develop an outside classroom/story telling area and mini-beast zone. Building these areas within the school where children can interact with nature safely is extremely important for our school.”

The grant will help the school further develop its existing outdoor projects.

Bird boxes with cameras were set-up recently and pupils were looking forward to seeing the boxes’ first visitors this spring.

Kat said the projects were a key part of the school’s educational philosophy.

She said: “We firmly believe that education should extend beyond the classroom and children should have an opportunity to engage in hands-on practical learning. Teaching children to respect, preserve and enjoy the natural world is a major part of our educational philosophy.”