Springtime effort in winter at Deepings primary school

Youngsters in the outdoor learning area at Deeping St Nicholas Primary School where 1,000 daffodil bulbs have been planted.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Youngsters in the outdoor learning area at Deeping St Nicholas Primary School where 1,000 daffodil bulbs have been planted. Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Exciting plans for outdoor learning area and woods

The longest day of the year (December 22) is still a week away but Deeping St Nicholas Primary School is already making plans for next spring.

Children, staff and governors have been busy planting 1,000 daffodil bulbs which will hopefully make the school grounds an explosion of spring colours in time for Easter.

We have quite extensive grounds and a little wooded area which we want to make the most of

Anita Bandey, headteacher of Deeping St Nicholas Primary School

There are also plans for a new path through the school’s outdoor wooded area and a shelter where children can learn both in the sun and rain.

Headteacher Anita Bandey said: “We have quite extensive grounds and a little wooded area where children really enjoy learning outdoors.

“Therefore, we want to make the most of this area and we have a project this year to try and modify it by making a safe path through the woods as we have rabbits that enjoy making holes in the ground.

“We also want to have an adult shelter so that classes can continue working outdoors if it gets particularly hot or wet.

“These changes will come at a considerable cost to us, as a small school, but the daffodil planting was something we could do relatively cheaply so the children could see part of the greater plan.

“We want to ensure that outdoor learning can happen by having all the right equipment and facilities to do it.”

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