The pupils of Sherburn Hungate Primary are ready to learn more about the wildlife at their newly revamped pond area

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Wildlife Welcomed To Sherburn Hungate Primary Pond

The pupils of Sherburn Hungate Primary School have been getting excited about ecosystems with the refurbishment of their old pond area, thanks to the funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

With a history that can be traced back as far as 1619, Sherburn Hungate has established a reputation for creating stimulated and caring environments for their students. Their ethos is centred on the participation of children and their parents, which is why they felt the re-vamp of their outdoor education area would ensure they could continue to offer new ways of encouraging engagement with learning activities. 

The £1,130 grant from the Community Trust was used to replace the school’s previous pond, which had become damaged over time, with a more rigid structure. Paving was then added around the edge to make it safer for the children to get up close to the water and easier for staff to maintain. The grant was also used to purchase a variety of pond and water plants to increase the biodiversity of the area and to provide a home for the school’s colony of frogs.

Julia Weights, the school’s science coordinator, commented: “As well as being a fun, physical activity for the children, our new pond has become an exciting educational resource. We have incorporated it into the geography and science curriculum to allow the children to learn directly from the natural world around them. We were also thrilled to be able to provide a Willow Whale structure to be used as an outdoor classroom for all the year groups.”

Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, John Garbutt, said: “The Trust was delighted to help Sherburn Hungate Primary School continue to educate the next generation about their natural environment and how to protect it. The decision to offer parents, governors, teachers and the local high school a chance to be involved in the redevelopment project means that the whole community will benefit from it”

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