New fairway for learning

New 6-hole short golf course for children at Carr Green School, Rastrick'Pictured are Grace Pollard, 10, Kieran Lee, 11, Daniel Collins, 11 and Emma Whiteley, 10
New 6-hole short golf course for children at Carr Green School, Rastrick'Pictured are Grace Pollard, 10, Kieran Lee, 11, Daniel Collins, 11 and Emma Whiteley, 10

PUPILS at Carr Green Primary School are playing a completely different ball game - golf.

The new 6-hole pitch and putt course is part of the school’s way of getting the children to enjoy the great outdoors while learning in the process.

Since putting up a fence around the school last year they have been able to build the mini golf course, have games of croquet on the green lawns and grow their own vegetables in the allotment area.

They have also been enjoying art outside by creating work produced by natural minerals and plans are underway to take music lessons to the outdoors.

The early years children haven’t missed out on the upgrade either.

They have a new play area and have waterproofs and wellies so they can get outside as much as possible come rain or shine.

Deputy head Paul Mashinter said the children were getting a lot from playing golf. “They are really enjoying it while at the same time they are learning.

“They use it both as part of the curriculum and at play times. We recently had a family learning golf course which ran for six weeks with an instructor.

“And we are just waiting to hear if we have been shortlisted in the Yorkshire Conservation Trust’s awards for our allotments which were created with the help of Yorkshire Water in the summer last year.”

Head teacher Lesley Bowyer said since putting the fence up they have been able to develop the school grounds.

“This year has been really exciting with the developments and the golf course is part of that,” she said.

“It is fantastic to see the children doing PE lessons and they love it and shows them working really well as a team.

“The fence has just meant we have been able to transform the school and the children are so proud of the it.

“We are trying to get as much learning going on outside as we can which is part of the schools improvement plan this year. Things like doing a lot of maths outside through the allotments. If they are calculating volume of an area so they are doing it with a real purpose. We are trying to get as much outdoors as we can.”