WHERE THE ACORNS WILL BLOOM
Longsands CP School is celebrating its 25-year anniversary this year. To mark it, they are undertaking an outdoor/gardening project. The old trim trail will be replaced with a mindfulness hub, including a gazebo, which will create an outdoor learning space and a quiet area for the children during playtime. The space will also incorporate a growing area, and picnic style benches. Trees are being planted, something that the school have not done before. A gazebo will provide coverage for all-weather participation. And the benches will ensure every child can sit and learn in the fresh air, along with any visitors. It's a large undertaking, but it will create an environment that is nurturing, fun and inclusive for the children and the community.
Why will it be worthwhile?
There are many people who will benefit from having this transformed space.
Children and Staff
All the children and staff will have an area where they can have outside lessons. Some children may even learn better when they are in an non-classroom environment. Being in the fresh air to have lessons has many benefits:
- Children may improve in their test results, attitude, attendance and behaviour
- Stress levels decrease in children and adults
- Inter-personal relationship skills are improved with a shared learning space across different classes
- Children gain access to an outdoor space that they may not have access to out of school time
Once the outdoor space is established, the school wish to invite people from the community to visit their active learning area. Guest speakers will be invited, people like local gardeners who run aloments in the community, who can share local knowledge of nature and sustainability.
Local nursing homes will be invited to bring able participants into the outside space, to share in the children's learning. These supportive and inclusive meetings can help the children learn inter-personal skills with adults and not just their peers, learn from the elderly and provide health benefits to those that visit them.
Once the trees have grown, the children can use them in their lessons linked to the curriculum. The hazel tree saplings that are being planted will provide the children with a different kind of tree to learn about, too.
Where does Longsands PTFA fit in?
Longsands PTFA have already raised some money towards purchasing the benches but we need just a little bit more to get all the benches we need.
Longsands PTFA has been established since 1998. We're a registered charity (No. 1073250) and we're made up of parents and staff representatives. Every year we hold small and large fundraising events to raise money and give the children at the school the 'extras' to help them on their education journey. For instance, we fund an annual subscription to a digital education programme that assists children learn their times tables. We've also funded books for our library and a visiting theatre production, to name just a few other things.
Where the Acorns will Bloom Project
We wanted to be involved in the school's big project for its 25-year anniversary. Our policy has always been to help ALL the children at the school and this was a perfect way to do this. When we knew this project was going to happen, we started to save portions of the funds raised at our events to put towards this project.
Each bench would sit six to eight children, and for a whole class to use the benches, we need at least five. The benches are around £500 each. We have enough for four but need that extra £500 for one more! This is why we'd love if you would help us raise enough money to get enough for that last bench.
Planting of all the tree saplings – marks the 25th anniversary of the school
Dismantling of old trim trail
Outdoor learning space established
Outdoor lessons established
A community day to celebrate completion of the project, inviting our guests of honour
Local community members visit
Guest speakers invited
Preparing for the trees
These might take a bit of time to establish but it will definitely create a legacy that marks our great project! We had a gardening day and managed to clear a large area in preparation for our trees. See the pictures below of the children, parents and teachers all working hard!
Can you donate?
If you can donate to our project, we sincerely thank you, but if you can't that's OK. Maybe you could pass on our links to your family, friends and social media network and see if they would like to donate to our worthwhile project.
Thanks for your time!
Longsands School PTFA
Where the Acorns will Bloom Project