New garden learning area opened at Washington school

OPENING: Pupils and parents take a closer look at the new garden following the official opening at Rickleton Primary School in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD
OPENING: Pupils and parents take a closer look at the new garden following the official opening at Rickleton Primary School in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD
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Children at a Washington school are set for outdoor learning time after a garden area was opened.

Rickleton Primary School, based on Vigo Lane, received £12,500 of funding to build the garden, which will be used as part of science teaching from next month.

OPENING: Councillor Louise Farthing with Cuan Snell (8) and Grace Hewitt (8) from the school Gardening Club following the official opening of the new garden at Rickleton Primary School in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

OPENING: Councillor Louise Farthing with Cuan Snell (8) and Grace Hewitt (8) from the school Gardening Club following the official opening of the new garden at Rickleton Primary School in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

The garden has been used by an after-school club since Easter, but when the new school term starts, each year group will be allocated a flowerbed to look after.

There are six in total, and the children will be encouraged to decide what they would like to grow in their flowerbed over the school year.

The garden was built after a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and £2,500 from the Community Chest scheme in Washington.

Coun Louise Farthing officially opened the new area, with the garden having been used by about 20 Year 3 pupils prior to the summer holidays.

We wanted the children to have some learning time outdoors, and those who have used it so far have loved it

Anne Powell

Anne Powell, department leader for lower key stage two at the school, said: “It will be a big benefit to the children.

“We wanted them to have some learning time outdoors, and the children who have used it so far have loved it.

“From September, all of the pupils will be able to learn outdoors and do work co-operatively.

“The Year 3 pupils who have been using it so far have really enjoyed working together, and the after school club has been very well-attended.”

OPENING: Councillor Louise Farthing joins members of the school Gardening Club following the official opening of the new garden at Rickleton Primary School in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

OPENING: Councillor Louise Farthing joins members of the school Gardening Club following the official opening of the new garden at Rickleton Primary School in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

Children will grow vegetables and flowers in the garden, while they will be encouraged to keep the area tidy.