School grounds are an important asset to any school. Managed and used properly, our school site can become not just a playground, but a rich source of teaching and learning opportunities covering topics ranging from art and history to sustainable development, food growing and biodiversity.
Developing our grounds can offer huge benefits, not only for the people inside our school, but also for the wider community. The area can provide opportunities for parents and community members to get involved and contribute their time and skills.
The Eco-Schools objectives in this topic area are to:
- Encourage the use of school grounds as a tool for learning and teaching opportunities across the curriculum and whole school community - Priority for teaching and learning
- Encourage schools to use areas for gardening and food growing - New planters
- Creation of habitats which will enhance the biodiversity of school grounds - Forrest school work - bug hotels, hedgehog house, log piles
- School grounds as a place for pupils to gain aesthetic experiences through play and learning - New yard equipment
- Ensure that the school grounds provide recreational and exercise facilities- Hoops, goals, climbing frame
- Raise awareness that the school grounds create the first impression to visitors and the local community