Explore, create and learn outside the classroom!

by Avery Penna in Henley On Thames, England, United Kingdom


raised of £2,250 stretch target


69% 20 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 24th August 2020 at 7:42pm

To create an outdoor space for the children in Year 1 to play, create and learn while supporting their mental and emotional well-being.

by Avery Penna in Henley On Thames, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

I can't believe we made it to the target in a few short days! I added the "stretch target" as a bit of a dream, really. I have a dream that I can share my for passion for rock climbing with the children I work with. I would love to build a low traversing climbing wall for the children to build on and improve their gross motor skills. I have been a climber for many years and I have seen the benefit climbing has on children's self-esteem and confidence. Climbing teaches problem solving skills as well as skills in cooperation and communication. It would be wonderful to share that opportunity with the children. Can we do it? :)

Children moving from Reception to Year 1 are facing one of the 1595859994_1595859992794.pngtoughest transitions in education. The transition from free-flow learning through play to more structured lessons is a big jump in itself. But now these children have an even bigger step than usual having missed months of school due to Covid-19.

My aim is to recreate many aspects of the reception classroom and outdoor space to make the jump a little bit more manageable. I have put the desks in storage and instead created different areas in the classroom to support a wide range of learning opportunities that the children can access predominantly through play. The biggest challenge I face is creating an outdoor environment that can support learning outside as well as support children's mental health and well-being. 

To start1595854039_aruna_sanding.png, the only outside space was a rubber patio outside the classroom door. There was also a leafy, bushy area that we have now cleared and we wish to build a play area in that space. Many parents have lent a hand and offered labour and materials but we are short funds to build the fence and buy the turf for the ground as well as a few other materials and pieces of equipment.*

So far, w1595858127_1595858125930.pngith a budget of zero we have managed to source palettes to create a music wall, a water wall and an outdoor easel; tyres to create building materials, seating and an enormous sand pit; and tree stumps and cable drums for tables and chairs. I am also extremely grateful to parents who have donated paint, brushes, weed control fabric, and hours and hours of their time!

Any donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated and will go a long way towards helping the Year 1 class, and many children in the years to come, have a wonderful outdoor space to build, create, read, write and explore in the great outdoors! 

Many thanks,

Miss Penna


* £400 - fence panels and materials to build the fence and two sets of steps

£100 - sand to fill the tractor tyre sandpit

£200 - to buy off cuts of turf to cover the ground creating a soft surface for the children to sit and read, build and play. 

£60 - for a slide coming down from the top play area to the patio because who doesn't love a slide?


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

Personal video

Donate £15 and I will record a personalised thank you message to you and your family. It feels great to be a part of something!

£25 or more

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Story time!

Donate £25 and I will record myself reading a story to you and your family.

£50 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Youtube Star!

You or your child will have the opportunity to star in one of my youtube videos on my channel. It will be educational (of course!) but it will also be fun! :)

£100 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Indoor climbing session

For £100 donation, you will get the chance to go for an hour's climb with Miss Penna at the Reading Climbing Centre. I will show you the ropes and give you the chance to experience the exhilaration and fun of climbing!

Let's make 'Explore, create and learn outside the classroom!' happen

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