Menston Primary School

Making our world a better place

March 2020

As the spring bulbs begin to appear I thought families might like an update on what we are doing to get ready for outdoor learning later in the year.

Firstly, the pond has been re-lined and is now leak-free, deeper and larger. It now has a range of aquatic plants which will help to provide a healthy habitat for wildlife. We counted over sixty frogs in there last week and the frogspawn is beginning to appear; the children are really looking forward to pond dipping later this year! We have also planted over twenty Alder and River Birch trees and have installed new land drains to help drain the field above the pond and to keep water off the Daily Mile track.

The Polytunnel was erected last week. Funded by FoMPS, it will be ready for use in the summer term.  It can accommodate two classes and we will be completed with tables, benches and staging for growing all sorts of interesting things. In addition, we have cleared two areas on the Key Stage One field to allow us to plant flowers and shrubs to attract different insects and birds.

This term, three of our staff in Key Stage 1 will be trained to deliver ‘The Wild Passport’ curriculum. This will be ready for September and will enable us to deliver a progressive outdoor curriculum that builds up key skills and knowledge as the children grow older. An additional outdoor seating area has been installed next to the pond enclosure behind the staffroom and will introduce yet another possibility for taking learning outside.

We’re excited about these improvements and look forward to seeing you on Friday 3rd April after school when the grounds will be open to families.

Announcements

Please report all absences to the school office before 8:30 am. We have a 24 hour absence line 01943 873180 where you can leave a message to let us know what the reason for absence is. You must not send any child in to school if anyone in the household is displaying the symptoms of Covid-19. If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they must be kept off school for 48 hours after the last bout of illness.