With the help of Father Nature, Richard Atkins Primary School has transformed its grounds into an inner city oasis filled with plants, greenhouses and raised beds for growing (see above), as well as a wealth of exciting new outdoor play and learning facilities. All the children at the school now have the perfect place to learn about nature, growing food, healthy eating and sustainability… and have lots of fun!
As you can see from the two small pictures above, the school was a sea of plastic and concrete but a few months later Father Nature has brought it alive.
And the after…
In collaboration with Headteacher Nadia McIntosh and the Early Years Lead Linda Scott, Father Nature worked throughout the summer on all four playgrounds at the school to create a flowing landscape containing everything from covered learning decks to growing corners, mud kitchens and even an eco-irrigation play station.
This has been a mammoth project for Father Nature with over 25 tonnes of soil and 10 tonnes of wood used, let alone manoeuvering of the cranes around the playgrounds!
Finally we’re finished and the pupils and teachers can now start to enjoy the new ‘outdoor classrooms’ and further embrace their status as a Natural Thinkers school. We’d like to say thank you for having us and a special thanks to Naomi Walters, the School Business Manager for helping us at every step.