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Pupils loving Litcham school’s new outside area

Official opening of the new Early Years area at Litcham School. Picture: Ian Burt

Official opening of the new Early Years area at Litcham School. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2016

It was a dreary area not much frequented by youngsters before its makeover.

Official opening of the new Early Years area at Litcham School. Picture: Ian BurtOfficial opening of the new Early Years area at Litcham School. Picture: Ian Burt

But now children are flocking to the new early years outside area at Litcham School.

The revamp was carried out as part of a summer makeover that also included a new climbing wall and an extended library.

Kate Atkins, head of the primary phase at the school, said: “I started at the school last September, and that outside area was one of my priorities to sort out.

“It used to be concrete, there was little natural light, and it had dreary metal fencing you could not see through - it was in a sorry state.

“But it’s been completely overhauled and is now open. We have coloured railings that you can see the rest of the school and playing fields from.

“And it has three different floorings - bark chippings, grass and an all-weather ‘spongey’ area.

“The 15 children, aged four and five, in reception class now have access to it all-day, as there’s also a covered area.

“There’s also a sandpit and a mud kitchen. The kids already love it. They would be outside all day if they could. It has had a real impact on the school.”

The project was paid for from housing developer’s section 106 money and from the school’s capital funds.

The school in Weasenham Road has 138 pupils and is also a ‘Forest’ school, which mean pupils get hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

Has your school undergone a welcome revamp? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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