Primary School gets new teaching bus for students

Holmbush Primary Academy now has a bus in the playground which is going to be used as an outdoor classroom/learning environment. Pic Steve Robards   SR1601317 SUS-160113-180529001
Holmbush Primary Academy now has a bus in the playground which is going to be used as an outdoor classroom/learning environment. Pic Steve Robards SR1601317 SUS-160113-180529001
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HOLMBUSH Primary school has been given a new classroom in the form of a double-decker bus.

The school in Hawkins Crescent received the bus from Stagecoach in December when it was declared unfit for the road.

Holmbush Primary Academy now has a bus in the playground which is going to be used as an outdoor classroom/learning environment. Pic Steve Robards   SR1601359 SUS-160113-181305001

Holmbush Primary Academy now has a bus in the playground which is going to be used as an outdoor classroom/learning environment. Pic Steve Robards SR1601359 SUS-160113-181305001

The engine and electronics were removed and it is now being renovated into a learning hub for the school.

Holmbush, which educates over 200 children aged four to 11, had been looking for a bus for over a year after a teaching conference showed they were becoming a new form of classroom for children.

Headteacher Rebecca Jackson believes in giving students a unique learning experience.

Rebecca, who has been at the school for nine years, said: “Holmbush is no ordinary school. We strive to give the children learning experiences beyond the classroom walls that engage them so they are learning without limits.

Holmbush Primary Academy now has a bus in the playground which is going to be used as an outdoor classroom/learning environment. Pic Steve Robards   SR1601344 SUS-160113-180551001

Holmbush Primary Academy now has a bus in the playground which is going to be used as an outdoor classroom/learning environment. Pic Steve Robards SR1601344 SUS-160113-180551001

“The bus also gives us extra space enough as some of our classes are large and we have lots of children with individual needs.

“This bus will support our innovative curriculum in order to inspire and nurture the children at Holmbush Primary Academy. I think seeing the children’s faces when it arrived and hearing them talk about it and seeing the excitement was great, and hopefully they will use that excitement to have greater engagement in their learning.

“We hope to have one deck finished by Easter, so the children can enjoy it when the sunny weather comes.”

She added: “I am also looking for local volunteers to help with the renovations so if anyone is interested please contact us.”

Holmbush Primary Academy now has a bus in the playground which is going to be used as an outdoor classroom/learning environment. Pic Steve Robards   SR1601365 SUS-160113-180504001

Holmbush Primary Academy now has a bus in the playground which is going to be used as an outdoor classroom/learning environment. Pic Steve Robards SR1601365 SUS-160113-180504001

The bus will contain space for an art studio, reading hub and film room with a green screen.

There will also be a learning resource section for extra curricular activities.

It is hoped up to two classes can go on the bus together, and each student will get to use it two to three times a week.

Readers wishing to contribute to the renovation can contact the school office: office@holmbushprimaryacademy.org.uk.

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