A large part of the Key Stage One Curriculum is based around nature. A Trustee’s visit to St Winefred’s revealed a caring, effective internal learning environment, but the Head teacher had already identified that some external areas were less satisfactory. The Trust agreed to fund a project, staffed by teachers, parents and children, which would create outdoor learning and recreational facilities for all pupils. This included the creation of fruit and vegetable plots; a memorial garden for reflection and prayer’; areas of sensory planting; and new storage facilities for tools, books and outdoor equipment. It is intended that, within this environment, children will improve their skills in the core areas of maths, reading and writing, whilst appreciating the ‘magical area’ which their school community has created and co-funded.
This project will conclude at the end of 2017.