Our Outdoor Area Project – Rockingham Junior and Infant School (UK)
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Our Outdoor Area Project – Rockingham Junior and Infant School (UK)

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We started the year wanting to develop our outdoor area so that the key stage one children had a safe, engaging outdoor area for rich learning opportunities. We started with a grassed area outside of the key stage one classrooms. 

Children’s Ideas

We discussed our thoughts with the children who were keen to develop the area, it quickly became their project and something that they were extremely excited about. We asked the children to draw plans and think of some ideas for their new outdoor area. Here is what they came up with:

  • A table for learning 
  • Counting logs 
  • Vegetable and flower patches 
  • A mud kitchen 
  • A reading area 
  • A pond
  • Learning tent 
  • Tyres 
  • Trim trail
  • A Maths/Literacy shed for learning

Community members

To support the development of our outdoor area we have reached out to members of the community to donate items. Mr Parkin sourced large tractor tyres from a local farmer for us to use. We contacted Potteric Carr and Wentworth Saw Mill, who kindly donated logs and pieces of wood to create a log trail. We have also worked with Wingfield School who donated wood chippings to go around our wooden planters.


So far we have created an outdoor space for the children to use for learning. We have stepping stones, planters, a mud kitchen, a table and stools and tyres for planting and ones even big enough for us to sit on! Going forwards we would like to use our community and raise money to buy a learning shed for all of our learning resources. The children will create their own ideas how to raise the money and we will carry this out to get closer to our goal.