Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

For the past two years we have been creating a gardening area in our school for the children to use and during the summer we installed a potting shed which the children have begun to enjoy.

We would like to add a sheltered area with reflective roofing close to our garden which can be used for outdoor learning for our 415 pupils. Our school community is very diverse and many of our pupils do not have the opportunity to learn about gardening at home. In the summer months this outdoor area will be beneficial as it will provide a sheltered area for children to enjoy during their break times.

Our annual summer fayre attracts people from our wider community who will be able to enjoy both our garden and outside shelter area. We are planning to install a multipurpose running track on the school field which will enable the school to host sporting events for other schools in our local area and having a sheltered area for supporters will be much appreciated in both sunny and rainy conditions.

As part of the project we would like to install a bird box with a wireless camera which will enable a live link which will be available to view on our school website so the children and members of the community can view birds when they are nesting in the box.

We know that there are numerous benefits for the children by undertaking this garden project:
- Children gain self-confidence from undertaking new experiences and gaining new life skills
- The children’s science lessons about how plants grow will be bought to life in their garden
- Using the garden supports the children's curriculum work on mini beasts and eco systems
- Children learn focus and patience, cooperation, teamwork and social skills
- Spending time outdoors provides a positive experience in itself but also provides a greater focus when they return to the classroom
- Having a beautiful garden and growing vegetables will improve the children’s pride in their school environment.

We would like people to vote for us as we will have 415+ smiling children who will enjoy this new addition to our garden!

Friends of St Francis School Association

Moment of Pride

We are very proud of our Friends Association and the events which we organise for both the children at the school and the wider area which create a sense of community. This project will enable the children to maximise the benefits of the garden which we have developed and mean it can be used more.

Location: Maidstone