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A full refurbishment of the outdoor space has redefined the school’s early years provision. The outdoor space now includes flower beds, bug hotel, artificial grass to cover seating and decking areas, new ‘grass’ fencing and an outdoor kitchen for children to use imaginary play and ‘cooking’. The new space also offers beautiful new bikes and scooters, which have their own garage and signs and large construction sets.
Inside, the team have designed and created a new ‘home corner’, large role play areas, ‘construction’ sites and finished off the interior with new wooden natural furniture. The new reading chairs that are part of a soft area, aim to encourage reading and language development in the young children. Parents have reportedly been wowed by the development they see in their children already, and say children are skipping in to school, eager to explore and learn each day.
The school’s admissions window for September 2021 is now open, so they are hosting virtual visits, in place of physical ones, which parents are encouraged to attend. For more details, and a welcome video from the Head of Academy, visit https://ellacombe-lap.
Miss Blakesley, Early Years Lead at Ellacombe Church of England Academy, said: “We designed this space to create a sense of awe and wonder and to stimulate curiosity in the pupils about the natural world. Our aim was to engage children in learning through rich experiences including making, constructing and role play, as well as outdoor physical activities, such as bikes, hoops and balls to develop their confidence in motor skills and working together.
“So far these new areas have been a great success with both pupils and parents and we are very excited by the brilliant developments we are seeing in our pupils in such a short space of time.”
Mrs Semmens, Head of Academy at Ellacombe Church of England Academy, said: “We are thrilled to have been able to expand our Early Years offer at Ellacombe. It would not have been possible to develop these brilliant new facilities without the additional funding provided by the Learning Academy Partnership, and we are extremely grateful for this support on the Early Years project and so many other areas of day to day life at Ellacombe.
“The hard work and dedication which went into creating this incredible space over the summer holidays has been worth every moment. The pupils really love this space and our ultimate goal of invigorating their learning seems to have been achieved.