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Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy unveils new £84,000 outdoor education area





A school has finished its £84,000 new outdoor educational area — and hopes it can inspire its pupils.

Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy's new facilities aims to help its early years foundation stage children to learn and play.

The project was funded by the school’s multi-academy trust — the Flying High Partnership — and has already gone down well with staff and children.

Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy new outdoor educational area
Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy new outdoor educational area

Headteacher Samatha Leek said: “At Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy we are proud to provide the children with a brand new and engaging outdoor area that provides additional teaching opportunities and interest for children.

“Our outdoor area is split into several different areas: sand, water, small world, literacy, maths, reading, physical, sensory and perform.

“The continuous provision in these areas helps children to develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally, enhancing their problem-solving skills and social interaction.”

The space offers a range of stimulating resources and equipment that fosters investigative learning and supports the children’s curriculum.

Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy new outdoor educational area
Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy new outdoor educational area
Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy new outdoor educational area
Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy new outdoor educational area
Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy new outdoor educational area
Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy new outdoor educational area

Pupil Alex, aged five said: “I like the writing area because there are whiteboards on top of our tables.

“I like to write people’s names on lists to invite them to my parties.”

Madison, also five years old, said: “I like having tea parties with my friends in the water area. We can use the squirty bottles to write letters on the floor.

Ben, 5, said: “I like the obstacle course and the monkey bars. I am trying really hard to do them all by myself.”

Construction and problem-solving areas are a favourite of children.

Harry, 4, said, “I build lots of things in the construction area with the tools and the bricks. I have built a theme park before, it was amazing.”

Five-year-old Reggie said that the sand was the best — and that he likes to build sandcastles there.



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