‘Phenomenal feedback’ for Melton school’s new £30k outdoor learning centre

F2 teacher Hannah Taylor and pupils in the sensory garden at Swallowdale Primary School's new ?30,000 outdoor learning centre EMN-181210-103611001
F2 teacher Hannah Taylor and pupils in the sensory garden at Swallowdale Primary School's new ?30,000 outdoor learning centre EMN-181210-103611001
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A new £30,000 outdoor learning area at Swallowdale Primary School, in Melton, is doing wonders for the academic and social development of its pupils.

The children experience a number of activities and problem-solving challenges in the new resource at the F2 base, in an area of the school headteacher Philippa Plant has wanted to renovate for some time.

Swallowdale Primary School pupils spend time in the builders' yard at the new �30,000 outdoor learning centre EMN-181210-103550001

Swallowdale Primary School pupils spend time in the builders' yard at the new �30,000 outdoor learning centre EMN-181210-103550001

Each section is designed support all of the pupils in achieving the 17 different aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum set down by the government.

Among the features proving popular in the outdoor resource are a builder’s yard, a sensory garden and a water wall.

Teacher Katie Fudge said: “Since the improvements, the positive impact on the children has been evident even at this early stage of the academic year.

“As the year continues, we expect to see the positive impact on the children’s learning to continue.

The water wall at Swallowdale Primary School's new �30,000 outdoor learning centre EMN-181210-103600001

The water wall at Swallowdale Primary School's new �30,000 outdoor learning centre EMN-181210-103600001

“This is because this area provides opportunities for children to excel in their physical, communication and language development, as well as managing their feelings and behaviours.

“These are all essential skills which provide children with the tools they needto achieve a high standard in subjects such as English and Mathematics.”

The design of the area also ensures children at the school get ample opportunities to be expressive, to support their creativity skills and their well-being.

The school believe the area is a vital new facility.

Miss Fudge added: “We feel the new area has made the environment even more welcoming, exciting and enjoyable for the children’s first year at Swallowdale.

“The improvements and feedback have been phenomenal, so much so that the area is now open for the rest of our Key Stage One pupils to use during their play times.”