Our school prides itself on creating safe and exciting learning environments to help our children enjoy their time at school. At Grayshott we are very fortunate to have outside space within our grounds. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that this space is not used to its full potential. The children have thoroughly enjoyed an increased amount of outside teaching and we want to pull something positive from the Covid pandemic. It has taught us how much a fresh change in environment inspires motivation and creativity, and it has been proven that spending more time outside improves your mental wellbeing. As a result we wish to develop our garden area into another valuable learning space and resource for both our staff and students to embrace.
The whole project
Our project title "Get your hands dirty, but don't get wet" originates from having a nature area where we're not sure where the grass finishes and the pond starts! The children ARE highly likely to fall in the pond! I'm not sure I want the phone call home to the parents explaining that one! The whole project will need to be broken down into 3 phases
1) Safety (the boring bit!) - install new safety fencing, removal of overgrown vegetation, installing a pond dipping platform and a seating area
2) Enrich the environment - plant new vegetation to attract wildlife, make bug hotels and food stations.
3) Enhance the engagement with nature and surroundings - installation of mud kitchens, move sensory equipment and purchase of new equipment such as whiteboards, clipboards, binoculars, motion sensor cameras etc.
How will it help the wider community
We've seen the community of Grayshott really come together during Covid. This project is an excellent opportunity to continue this relationship starting with the clearing of the site by volunteers from within our community. The local Scouts, Church Youth Group and pre-school all have access to the grounds meaning they will benefit from this project. The school also opens up our school throughout the year for Community Events, such as Grayshott Hidden Gardens.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project and we really hope you choose to support us.