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Gosberton Academy children enjoy a new outdoor play area complete with mud kitchen and clamber tree

Reception pupils have been enjoying a new outdoor play area which was unveiled by a primary school.

Gosberton Academy is delighted with the new area, which has a mud kitchen and a clamber tree for its 20 new reception pupils.

The outdoor play area had been constructed over the summer by Newby Leisure and replaced the previous area.

Gosberton Academy unveils the new outdoor play area (42231193)
Gosberton Academy unveils the new outdoor play area (42231193)

Head of Academy, Tom Baxter, hopes will benefit many people.

He said: “We have invested a considerable amount of money into the outdoor area. The previous area had been very useful in supporting children’s learning but the new area is absolutely fantastic.”

This new area provides a number of opportunities for children to explore and learn.

A water feature, planting and growing areas are found in the area along with a mud kitchen and a clamber tree.

Brittany Kidd, the Zimbabwe Class teacher, was over the moon with the finished project.

She said: “Since I found out about the project taking place, I have been so excited.

“I’ve always worked with younger children, in nurseries and now in a primary school and the outdoor area is something that is crucial in supporting a child’s development.”

Although the area will benefit the new starters of Gosberton Academy, the staff of Gosberton Academy already have plans in place to allow more people the opportunity to benefit from a fantastic facility.

Mr Baxter said: “We have been in contact with our local nurseries and playgroups. We have a very good relationship with Rainbows Playgroup that are situated over the road and there is now a new nursery at the other end of the village, Little Stars Nursery.”

While restrictions are in place to limit any additional groups of children into the building, Gosberton Academy are in the process of organising something to benefit pupils and nearby groups.

He said:“We recognise that some of our starters will come from these places and although it will be a useful way of supporting transition, this isn’t our sole purpose.

“Learning, exploring and playing outdoors is crucial to children’s development and we want to do all we can to support as many children as we can. Some of these children will choose to go to school elsewhere but if we can play our part in their development, then the cost of the outdoor area will be more than worth it.”

Gosberton Academy does have places available in Year 1, 2 and 6 and can be contacted on 01775 840414.

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