HANBURY First School is appealing for help to bring the outdoors indoors in a bid to boost the children’s learning and wellbeing.
Since September, staff have spent time researching the impact the pupils’ environment has on their learning, introducing more environmentally friendly, upcycled and natural resources into the classroom.
Working closely with Craig Fortey from Billesley Primary School – a research school in Birmingham which has proved these kind of adaptations can have real impact – staff worked hard during the Christmas break to transform the reception class.
Last year saw the Early Years outdoor area benefit from a facelift, including the addition of an all-weather shelter, climbing equipment and a mud kitchen.
Now, thanks to a huge amount of effort and generous support from Hanbury Parochial Charity, the indoor learning environment is just as exciting and engaging for their little minds.
Alongside this aim, was a focus on becoming environmentally friendly as possible.
As a rural school, it appreciates the importance of nature and our surroundings, encouraging pupils to grow up with a healthy respect for the great outdoors.
Natural resources, upcycling projects which have involved the children and unwanted items donated by parents and the local community all greeted the children on their return to school in January as they embraced and interacted with their new environment with lots of enthusiasm.
EYFS lead Mrs Mills said: “The children have thrived in their new natural classroom – to see the children flourishing in their new learning environment is exciting.
“The vision of our room is to give children the best possible start to their schooling whilst embracing the world around us and bringing learning to life.”
Plans are now in place to roll out this new ethos out across the school:
Hanbury headteacher Mr McDonagh said: “We were lucky enough to visit Billesley Primary School and to see these ideas at work.
“The work we’ve done in Reception is just the start – watch this space and look out for our appeals as we work to provide the very best learning environment to support learning and wellbeing.”
Hanbury First School is now appealing for donations of various items to help continue the transformation with the ‘wish list’ including mirrors, lampshades, wooden shelves, logs (seat size), wooden crates, wooden baskets/hampers, good quality comfortable chairs.
They are also looking for plants that people could donate and are hoping some of the parents will help brighten up the walls around school with a fresh coat of paint.
Parents can call into the school and anyone else who can help can call 01527 821298.