Grand Opening of Nursery Garden

This week the Junior School celebrated the Grand Opening of our new Outdoor Learning Area! Every class and teacher from the Junior school was in attendance at the ceremony, along with our special guest Mr Giles who was there to cut the ribbon and officially announce the garden open!
The Outdoor Learning Area is an initiative which began last year as an idea, and has blossomed into what we have today! The area encompasses both learning about the outdoors (through planting and looking after our seeds) and learning in the outdoors (through the mathematics, literacy, science, music, exploration and den areas).
The area began as a very plain, bland, unused space in the school grounds, so we began by having a competition for the children themselves to design a mural for the wall to brighten it up. The entries were so good that in the end we chose 4 lucky winners! They were Ananya and Sophia (J6), Estela (J5), Ellie (J1) and Kiran (Reception). Over the summer months their designs came to life with some help from a few senior school students, Junior school students and teachers too. They really add to the area and it looks lovely now!
Then came the different learning areas. They are now fully resourced and are already being used by the children to enhance their learning in a stimulating environment outwith the classroom.
Finally came the planting of the seeds. Each class helped by voting to choose which seeds they wanted to plant in their planter. They voted as follows:
Nursery: Pansies and Lavender.
Reception: Padron Peppers and Parsley.
J1: Nasturtiums and Basil.
J2: Marigolds and Mint.
J3: Zinnias and Dill.
J4: Campanulas and Oregano.
J5: Daisies and Rosemary.
J6: Viking Spinach and Thyme.
They have spent the past two weeks planting their seeds and sharing their planting knowledge with me and I must say I have been very impressed!

I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in making this such a success! The pupils are thoroughly enjoying learning in the outdoor area and fingers crossed that soon you will also be enjoying the fruits of the garden!

Thank you!
Miss Jo
Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator

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