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Pupils and parents push Norwich primary field project on at big dig

3rd March 2017 by Mark Adamson

 

Spades were in hand and welly boots on foot as teachers, parents and pupils pushed on with a school improvement project.

 

Last year, Wensum Junior School was awarded £12,000 through Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which sees the supermarket donate the five pence plastic bag charge to community initiatives.

Working with Goldcrest Outdoor Education, the school submitted a bid to revamp its field, by building a pond, horticulture area, community orchard, forest school and chicken coop.

Though some of the work on the pond was started during half term, on Tuesday, over morning and afternoon sessions, parents, pupils and teachers took part in a Big Dig to push the project along.

Peter Hubery, deputy headteacher at the school, said he was “staggered” at the amount the school received.

 

“It is a huge sum of money and it’s great for us,” he said.

“The whole area will be such a good teaching resource for us, and the kids have really enjoyed working outside on it.

“Today’s Big Dig has been a chance to get everybody to play even just a small part – obviously not everyone can take part in the bigger work, but they can all be involved.”

He said the pond – which will include a dipping platform – will be tiered, allowing different types of wildlife and plants to spring into life at the various levels.

Though the pond and trees will come first, further down the line a poly tunnel and area for chickens will be added.

The field, which will also include a story-telling circle and fire pit, will act as an outdoor classroom for pupils.

The funds have to be spent by November, though Mr Hubery said the school hopes to have most of the work done by the summer holidays.

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