The Early Years outdoor area in the school has required some attention to make sure that it could be as stimulating possible for the children in our Reception class. The volunteers made it possible for the vision that Cherrywood had for the area to become a reality. The changes involved:
- redesigning a construction area and building a lid for the sand pit to improve health and hygiene
- building a mud kitchen
- building a new den
- creating a music area
- developing a water play area
- painting the new equipment to prolong life and provide stimulation for the children
- planting bushes to improve the overall appearance of the area
Juli Lewis, Outdoor Learning Leader said, "As a school, we value our outdoor environment and the opportunities it provides throughout the curriculum. The children in Reception Class will benefit from this particular project but this area will also benefit future cohorts as they join the school. We are sure that this will also provide a platform for us to continue to improve our facilities across the rest of the school – for us to continue to improve our outdoor facilities for all children in all year groups.
This was a really enjoyable project and the volunteers that came to work with us were fantastic. The children were so excited to see the new area and have thoroughly enjoyed being out and using all of the new equipment. The time and effort of all involved was invaluable and we could not have completed the project without them."