The Learning Environment - Yr Amgylchedd Dysgu
Estyn, the Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales judged Tavernspite School as having an ‘Excellent’ learning environment. The report states that the school has a calm and welcoming ethos that provides pupils with a very safe and supportive learning environment with well organised, bright and stimulating classrooms.
The school building is very well maintained. The modern classrooms are spacious, attractive and well designed each having all the relevant resources for teaching in the 21st Century.
The Foundation Phase, 3 – 7 year olds, benefit considerably from having large, vibrant and attractive classrooms. They have wonderful outdoor learning areas including outdoor canopies which open directly onto the school nature garden complete allowing children to work outside whatever the weather. Various apparatus and slides have been purchased for the children to use and the landscape developed to create purposeful playing areas.
In Key Stage two, 7 – 11 year olds, the classrooms are large, welcoming and well furnished. They occupy their own wing of the school that was part of a new build opened in 2003. The junior classrooms are very spacious and well designed with doors that open directly on to the school field. Outside the Year 6 classroom is a large polytunnel which is used to grow vegetables, fruit and a variety of other plants.
All classes in the school are equipped with interactive whiteboards and networked computers. To further develop computing skills we have two laptop trolleys each containing 15 laptops with wireless broadband access. We also have 15 iPads which are used regularly across the curriculum, their use being enhanced by the use of Apple TV. The iPads and laptops are carefully timetabled throughout the school.
There is a large school hall used for school assemblies, PE lessons, drama activities and for hosting school community events including Christmas concerts and St. David’s Day celebrations. The school hall also acts as a dining room; there is a well-equipped kitchen which prepares fresh meals daily.
The Outdoor Learning Environment
Our pupils benefit from outstanding outdoor learning and play areas. Estyn stated that ‘the outdoor environment provides high quality learning experiences for all pupils. These experiences have impacted significantly upon pupils’ wellbeing, physical development, scientific knowledge and sense of responsibility.’
Outdoor facilities include: An Adventure Playground area, a Pirate Ship play area, a large school field with an all weather track, a traverse climbing wall, numerous trim trail activities and sports pitches for rugby, netball and football and a tennis court.
There is an extensive nature garden and woodland complete with log circle, wooden benches, raised beds, pond and wetland area, bird hide, log piles and meadow areas which have been impressively developed to enhance the learning experiences of the children.
It offers a beautiful and quiet retreat retreats for children who wish to sit and talk to their friends, read or listen to the sounds of nature.
The school provides a good range of high-quality learning experiences for pupils that enhance their education.
The school's commitment to using the outdoors to improve pupils’ learning and wellbeing is outstanding.
The quality of care, support and guidance is excellent.
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