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Outdoor Developments

18 Sep 2019   |   Jessica Jenkins, Head of School   |   Oakwell Rise Primary Academy

As part of the school improvement journey at Oakwell Rise, we always knew a town centre school with limited outdoor space would prove a challenge. A space which was once described as a tarmac jungle (due to zero green space) is now a place which is layered with opportunities for children. As a team, we have carefully planned the outdoor provision to meet the needs of our pupils and our local community groups. We are proud to say we have embedded spaces which develop motor skills, collaboration, imagination, language, relaxation, resilience and exploring the world, such as gardening and much more.

Each year we have injected colour and resources to the outdoor space. Everything from the floor to the walls have been considered to ensure the children feel it is a safe, special and enjoyable place to learn. A provision they, alongside their families, are proud of.

This year feels like our ‘big bang’ moment. After a long period of planning, fundraising and placing applications for new funding streams – all our wishes have come to life! This academic year we kick start with a new sports court, a pirate ship, a new ‘pick up sticks’ play area, an EYFS outdoor learning classroom and a ‘bike library’ for the children to enjoy during core learning time and as part of our extra curricular offer.

On behalf of the children, we would like to say a huge thank you to the community, local charities and businesses for their kind contributions. Watch this space, we have more in store in the future!

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