As Kettering Buccleuch Academy’s youngest pupils returned to school after the half term break on Monday, there was an added cause for celebration as their new Early Years outdoor area was officially opened. Scott Edwards, Mayor of Kettering, cut the ribbon to officially open the new area which comprises an array of exciting play equipment including a sandpit and performance space.
Basking in the June sunshine, the children gave the Mayor a tour of the new area and showed him how much fun they are having playing with the equipment. Funded by United Learning, the new area provides endless possibilities for outdoor learning allowing pupils to further develop their gross and fine motor skills as well as their communication, problem solving and reasoning skills.
Dino Di Salvo, Principal of Kettering Buccleuch Academy, said:
‘It is an absolute joy to see the children making full use of the new outdoor area which provides a safe, fun and exciting place for them to play and learn. The area has undergone a huge transformation and we are very grateful to United Learning as well as Timotay Playscapes who have turned our dreams into reality.
‘The outdoors present so many opportunities for our children to learn and develop. We therefore thought very carefully about how we could tie the area into the Early Years Framework and it is great to see how much the children are already benefitting from this fantastic space.’