Thursday, 21 February 2008

Natural Learning Zones - a great example!

No deep 'meaningful' comments (or not) in this post - just one photograph from a pre school I visited today with a nature / butterfly garden. It is regularly used in a variety of ways during the course of each day - quiet reflective areas, sensory space, nature learning zone, stimulus for literacy ideas, creative play and so more more.
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I particularly liked the attention to detail with different types of paths, (including slats, natural stepping stones), group areas, variety of planting, etc. As you approach it, it looks as though it is a largish space - it is in fact quite small, very secure and visibility to all areas is not a problem due to clever planting.
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As I work this week with architects (CS&P) developing plans for a new 21st century primary school this garden is just one of the best examples I have seen recently! That's all!
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