Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

About Our Project

Sensory Gardens strive to maximise their sensory impact on visitors. The considered inclusion of plants, hard landscaping and other garden materials and features with particular sensory qualities, are designed to create a stimulating and beneficial environment for users.

Our proposed Sensory Garden aims to create both a passive environment, inviting users to sit and relax, be comfortable and feel serene and safe, as well as an active environment, promoting interaction and encouraging users to explore, touch, taste, smell and interact with particular plants, features and objects.

Why it is Needed

Sensory gardens are fun educational tools that allow children to explore and learn about their senses and nature. They are also a healthy place of discovery and an opportunity to get children outdoors.

The benefits of outdoor play are well documented. Research shows that children who play outside: are healthier physically and mentally; do better in school (outdoors tends to fascinate children and they develop a keenness to participate and the ability to concentrate over longer periods of time); have higher self-esteem; have good self-discipline; feel more capable and confident (developed by the children having the freedom, time and space to learn and demonstrate independence); are good problem solvers; are more cooperative with others; are more creative; feel more connected to nature and are tomorrow’s conservation leaders (as they develop an interest in their natural surroundings and respect for the environment). Their communication skills are also enhanced as language development is prompted by the children’s sensory experiences.

Community Benefits

The Sensory Garden will also be available for use by the local Pre-School and Playgroup, as well as the Out Of School Club. Other local community groups, such as Rainbows, Brownies, Scouts and the Gardening Club will also have access. Volunteering opportunities both in construction and maintenance will be created. Work experience options will also be available to older students.

William Westley Church of England Primary School

Moment of Pride

We are very proud that the school’s motto, ‘children at the heart of our school; our school at the heart of the community’ is evident in all that the school does and is driven through a creative curriculum. Pupils say they enjoy learning in an ‘exhilarating, exciting, friendly’ school.

Location: Whittlesford