Transformation of outdoor learning area to benefit South Tyneside pupils

Children at Stanhope Primary School enjoy the new outdoor learning area.
Children at Stanhope Primary School enjoy the new outdoor learning area.

Youngsters at a South Tyneside primary school are enjoying a new outdoor learning area after a summer transformation.

Stanhope Primary School, in Gresford Street, South Shields, underwent the change during the summer holidays.

This is a great transformation to the outdoor area and has given the children so many opportunities to develop

Lesley Martin

It was funded by Greggs Foundation and the school’s own funds, and is for Stanhope’s foundation stage pupils.

Included in the area is a mud kitchen, herb garden, vegetable patch and water and sand pits.

Also there are an outdoor reading area with a story-telling chair, junk modelling, bicycles and scooters.  

The school is hoping the improved outdoor area will be greatly beneficial to their young pupils’ development.

Lesley Martin, Stanhope Primary School’s headteacher, said: “This is a great transformation to the outdoor area and has given the children so many opportunities to develop their physical skills, as well as providing opportunities of creative thinking, problem solving and challenges.”

Paul Barker, from landscaping service Think Outside, embarked on the transformation of the grounds after discussions with the foundation stage staff at the school.

The school added in a statement: “The school would like to say a massive thank you to Greggs Foundation for funding part of the scheme and to Paul Barker and his team for all their hard work.”

Places are still available in the foundation stage of Stanhope Primary School if your child was three before this month.

If you are interested, call nursery teacher Mrs Warrington on 0191 420 1710.