Following on from meeting with Parent Council members today, we have made plans to improve conditions in the playground for everyone.
Break & Lunch-time Play in the Mud Kitchens/Designated Raised Bed
From next week, we will have set days for pupils to be able to play in the mud kitchens/designated raised beds at break and lunch times. The teamwork, learning and organisation between the pupils as they have played together forming dams and engaging in different building projects has been fantastic to see real child-led learning experiences. However, we are aware that the volume of muddied clothes going home to be washed is not sustainable. So, from next week the following rota for playing in the mud at break and lunch-times for pupils who are keen to do so will apply:
Monday: P2 & P6
Tuesday: P3 & P4
Wednesday: P1 & P7
Thursday: P4 & P5
Friday: P2 & P3
On these days in particular we would ask that if your child is likely to be wanting to play in the mud that they come wearing old clothes that you are happy to have muddy. Every day they should come with suitable outdoor clothes for playing outside but these would be designated for ‘muddy play’ and you would not feel the need wash them for school again the next day. As a school we will look into the possibility of having a supply of old clothes and in-school overalls/boots for such play but this would not be possible straight away.
Playground Big Tidy
On Thursday and Friday of next week we will be spending time as a whole school thinking of others. As part of this, and in keeping with our school rules of being Ready, Respectful and Safe, we are going to undertake a big tidy of the playground. This will ensure we are back for the full week beginning Monday 25th February with a playground that is tidy and ready for good use.
MOL in Bloom
As in the past few years, we will be asking for support to prepare the raised beds towards the end of term – a Spring Clean – as our whole school MOL in Bloom 2019 gets underway. Please look out for a date for our outdoor Spring Clean and preparation of the raised beds – we would be grateful for as much support from families as possible. Thank you; we look forward to building on the wide range of outdoor learning experiences we have enjoyed together at MOL.