PUPILS and nursery children are embracing the great outdoors to enjoy some open-air learning.

Kilmacolm Primary has created an outdoor classroom space to inspire young minds and savour some storytelling time.

Bookworms love the fresh-air setting to catch up on their reading and classwork.

Depute head teacher Lynn McPherson said: "Since returning to school there has been a major focus on outdoor learning.

"We have taken full advantage of our wonderful grounds and have further developed them to maximise outdoor learning opportunities, allowing pupils to work safely outdoors in a stimulating environment."

Each teacher and the nursery team have responsibility for developing an outdoor area.

Mrs McPherson said: "Pupils are enjoying their outdoor learning experiences and the various spaces available to them.

"The school trim trail has been extended, this has proved hugely popular with all pupils within the school."

The outdoor classroom consists of a large bark area with wooden seating.

It features a fairy garden with a story telling chair and seats.

Nursery tots can also have fun, learning through play by swinging on tyres, climbing or giving pals a lift with some pedal power.

Mrs McPherson said: "Teachers have cleared the wildlife garden and the school nursery are currently creating a wildlife meadow."

She was swift to thank parents and partnership charity The Haven for their help in creating the space.

Mrs McPherson said: "The Haven have erected fence poles throughout the school garden which has allowed 10 large shelter canopies to be quickly erected, allowing outdoor lessons to take place no matter the weather.

"Pupils are enjoying working outdoors, exploring their environment and being surrounded by nature.

"The school has invested in a variety of outdoor learning equipment allowing our pupils to have stimulating learning experiences.

"We have new den building equipment which provides an opportunity for pupils to work together to design and create their own shelters, and they are looking forward to using the new fire pit to take cooking outdoors."