12 May 2021
A picture of Worcester schoolchildren get MORE! from the great outdoors

Pupils at a Worcester primary school have been learning about creating a sustainable environment in a recently transformed outdoor learning area funded by Sanctuary Homes.  

The grounds at Cranham Primary School in Warndon are now neatly zoned with new fencing and a separate woodland area for pupils to enjoy different aspects of nature during their forest school lessons and lunchtime activities.

The project has been delivered through Sanctuary’s MORE! programme, which supports local community projects in places where it is building new homes. As part of the programme, Midwest Landscaping provided their time, skills and resources to install the fencing.

The school is on the doorstep of Sanctuary’s Cranham Drive development of 34 homes for affordable rent; where 14 houses are now home to residents and 20 apartments are due to completed by September 2021.

The school garden will include recycling and composting zones where teachers can help the children connect with nature and understand more about the environment.

Ten-year-old Kara said: “This new area means that we will be able to encourage insects, birds and small animals onto our school grounds. We might even be able to make bird boxes and areas for hedgehogs to nest!”

Joe, 8, added: “Think of all those worms!”

Cranham headteacher, Nick Cale, commented: “I’m really pleased to see all of the children enjoying the great outdoors.

“Learning outdoors really enhances our curriculum and it gives the children opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world.”

Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary’s head of place shaping, added: “This outdoor learning area transformation is a wonderful example of how we can add extra value in the communities where we build new homes.

“Connecting with nature is such an important learning experience and I hope that the pupils of Cranham Primary School will enjoy the new facilities for many years to come.”