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Grounds for science


A science grant from the Edina Trust can also be put towards a project to regenerate school grounds. In the past many schools have built ponds, Forest School areas, and wildlife areas. All can be used to enhance the teaching of science, offering a change of scenery to the classroom.

Grounds for science case studies

St Bede's Primary School, Sunderland

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St Bede's Primary School has created a Forest School area in the school grounds. The school used the Edina Trust grant to purchase tools that the children can use, which has allowed them to get outside and learn about nature, as well as develop their self-confidence. The school has used recycled materials from its own suppliers to craft a hedgehog house, a bug hotel, a fire pit, raised beds, and more. The school now uses the outdoor area for teaching all year round, even in the snow!

Burnfoot Community Primary School, Scottish Borders

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Burnfoot Community Primary School constructed a bog garden in the school grounds. The Edina grant helped pay for the topsoil, liner, gravel and science equipment such as binoculars, magnifiers, insect nets, and bug viewers to allow the children to study the wildlife and food chains.

"The project has transformed the way children think about plants and animals in the environment and has developed real knowledge and respect for wildlife."
(Edina consultant, Scottish Borders)

Lydall's Nursery, Oxfordshire

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Lydall's sensory garden contains a wide variety of plants designed to enhance the senses, such as bamboo, zebra grasses and herbs.

West Park Primary School, Hartlepool

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West Park Primary have developed the school's grounds to allow teachers to take the class out and learn outside. The school has a bird and pond area, which includes a hedgehog house, and they have created a woodland trail for the children to explore. Teaching resources are packed into trugs which the class can take out and contain everything needed for an activity.

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