The whole school of 320 pupils will benefit from this new area which will support learning in writing about nature and wildlife and provide a good place to read, a calm area for children, a sensory area and also give a sense of purpose for children to understand they can have a positive contribution to the school.
Jacinta Addison, teacher at Freshwaters Primary Academy said: “The land, previously a disused pond and wooded area, had become overgrown, full of brambles and had been started to be used as a dumping ground. The children saw this as an opportunity to improve the area as part of an enterprise project and approached Linden Homes, as a local housebuilder to give them a helping hand.
“This project has provided plenty of writing opportunities and has encouraged the children to take pride in their school. It was also vitally important to transform this outdoor space as third of the children do not have their own gardens at home.”
Rae White, age 9, who uses a motorised wheelchair, is amongst the many children to benefit from this area: “I used to find going out to enjoy the forest space difficult as I couldn’t access most of the area but now with the work being complete it has been great to be able to venture in to the nature reserve to learn and play with my friends.”
Trevor Dempsey, managing director at Eastern said: “The area at Freshwaters Academy is unrecognisable following the hard work put in to transform this area and it is brilliant to hear that the school has been putting the space to good use. Eventually, the school plans to grow crops and create a sensory garden so it will be great to see this area continue to develop for children to enjoy in years to come.”
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