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Sensory Garden for Stonar Nursery

Thanks to Friends of Stonar, a new Sensory Garden has been opened at the Stonar Nursery with a magical secret garden feel.

BBC star of Flog It! and Stonar parent, Paul Martin cut the ribbon with the help of nursery children.

Pathways with varied textures and levels lead out from double doors towards special zones including a mosaic ‘mud kitchen’ and digging area, a bug hotel, a hill with a slide and a willow wigwam. As the spring progresses there are plans to further enhance the garden with the planting of multi-sensory plants and herbs.

This complements the play area at the rear of the nursery; a colourful environment with an array of play equipment which stimulates creative and imaginative play. There is an emphasis on outdoor learning at Stonar Nursery, and children have access to several different open-air facilities where play and learning take place on a daily basis.

Head of Early Years, Kathryn Willder explains

“All children benefit from exciting outdoor learning and play. At Stonar Nursery, we nurture an attitude of care and respect for the natural world. Nature can inspire an immediate sense of awe and wonder, and the children here really benefit from the rich and varied outdoor environment. They seem to thrive outdoors where they can investigate and explore, develop their imagination, be creative and resourceful, and of course move freely and have lots of fun in fresh air.”

Mark Brain, Head of Prep commented, “The Sensory Garden is a great addition to our outdoor facilities for Nursery children and it was wonderful to see their delight as they explored it for the first time. We’re very grateful to Friends of Stonar for funding the garden and also to the team who have brought the vision to life and created a magical area which will inspire children for years to come.  We’d also like to thank Paul Martin who brought a special touch to the opening of the garden.”

Another outdoor highlight is the Forest School where children have the chance to explore in a woodland setting. Sessions with a Forest School practitioner are a regular feature of the school week and children learn about the natural world as well as using natural materials for educational activities. At Stonar, children are encouraged to look after their environment and recently the Nursery boys and girls helped by planting a new coppice, which will create a new, wild area extending the tree cover across from the Forest School.

Nursery children are regularly taken on exploring walks in the school grounds, allowing them to enjoy and play in the entirety of the school setting including paddocks, ponds and formal gardens. They also visit the Senior School allotment where fruit and vegetables are grown and which is home to chickens.

 

 

 

“The Sensory Garden is a great addition to our outdoor facilities for Nursery children and it was wonderful to see their delight as they explored it for the first time. We’re very grateful to Friends of Stonar for funding the garden and also to the team who have brought the vision to life and created a magical area which will inspire children for years to come.  We’d also like to thank Paul Martin who brought a special touch to the opening of the garden.”

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