Our Grounds

We are really lucky to have fantastic school grounds, including a large field for playing on, three playgrounds, a wild area and even a badger sett.

In recent years there have been a number of developments within the school grounds that are outlined below.

In May 2010 we had a trim trail installed, which the children are thoroughly enjoying.

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The porch enables visitors to shelter when the weather is poor and also increases school security.

 

At the request of the Highways Agency we have had a badgers sett relocated into our school grounds. It was fascinating to see the building of the sett during April and May 2009 with a range of chambers of varying size to tempt the badgers. Since the completion of the sett we have been trying to tempt the badgers into the sett – they really like peanut butter and this gets smeared near the entrances. Recently (June 2009) we have seen a family of six badgers roaming around the sett at dusk and overnight – we are lucky to have a cctv camera which records their movements. On 25th June, Tom Nash, from Stubbington Study Centre visited school to talk to all the children in Key Stage 2 about the habits of badgers – the children found this both entertaining and informative.

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Year R have a fantastic play area  - a simple fence for security was built by our site manager Mr Dod (thanks for that!) and since then we have had some new markings (a roadway with crossings), a bridge and sandpit added. The children couldn’t wait to get out into the playground and are thoroughly enjoying the new opportunities.

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From September 2016, we use all the outdoor environment every day at lunchtimes, including den building, tree climbing, pond dipping, circus skills, basketball, football, cricket and of course just exploring.  Children have wellington boots and waterproof jackets as part of their uniform so they are prepared for most weathers.  If they choose not to go outside, they can enjoy Just Dance in the hall or retreat to the warmth of the library.

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