We are very lucky at Holy Trinity School to have six acres of outside space to enjoy, from open playing fields to wild woodlands and streams. This includes part of the High Weald landscape, which is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty protected by a charity trust. During a regular school day the children have access to the playgrounds and throughout summer, weather permitting, the children are also allowed onto the large playing field where there are willow dens and some new play equipment. Beyond these general play areas, the grounds open up into meadow and woodland which are used for guided walks.
As well as the woods we also have a brand new outdoor classroom donated by our PTA which is fantastic for outdoor learning. There is a well-established vegetable garden tended by the children who join our lunchtime garden club and a sensory garden. At the centre of this garden is our plastic bottle greenhouse which is the pride of our garden club, allowing us to raise our own plants. This was built by a yr3/4 class and created to encourage recycling and eco awareness. One of the more recent addition to the grounds is a wildlife pond which already has a healthy population of insects and newts.
This pond and many of the other features in the grounds are created and maintained by parents on Grounds Days. These occur four or five times a year when we ask parents, grandparents, friends (anyone who's willing!) to come and lend a hand. These are not only a good way to explore the grounds further but also help to familiarise children with their school environment.
“I love Grounds Days. It is fun to explore and find new places, we make dens and climb trees. I normally bring my bike and scooter as the playgrounds are brilliant for riding on.” (Megan yr6).
“Grounds Days are good for mucking around and doing cool stuff in the woods.” (Flinn yr3).
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