Wild west reading area created to inspire pupils at King’s Lynn School

A Gaywood school has invested around £4,000 into creating an outdoor wooden fort with teepees as a quiet area for children to read.

Teachers at Howard Junior School plan to use the area as an additional ‘classroom’ space and hope it will particularly inspire boys’ interest in books.

Jason Harper, assistant headteacher, said: “Boys writing across the whole country is not as advanced as girls.

“The cowboy and western theme is aimed at supporting boys and inspiring them to show them reading is something that can be exciting and fun because the wider the breadth of their reading the better their writing.”

To celebrate completion of the area the entire school had a wild west day where pupils dressed as cowboys and Indians and learning was linked to the theme.

Mr Harper sent thanks to local carpenter Kevin Fawkes, who designed and built the fort and MKM Building Supplies, in Lynn, who supplied materials.