Play area is a muddy great hit at Hartlepool school

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A PRIMARY school was proud to unveil its new outdoor area at an official opening.

Grange Primary School, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, has been working for months on the multi-purpose outdoor environment, which includes a nature garden, play equipment, role play and building areas, and a mud kitchen where children are free to get very messy.

Grange Primary school pupils Channan Field (left) and Leie Steel after playing in the mud kitchen at the new garden

Grange Primary school pupils Channan Field (left) and Leie Steel after playing in the mud kitchen at the new garden

It was opened by Councillor Chris Simmons and then the children were unleashed to go and explore.

Samantha Musgrave, assistant headteacher and early year lead, said: “The new environment has been designed and built in consultation with pupils, staff and parents.

“We feel that this design is going to allow pupils to develop their exploration, creative, physical and expressive skills.

“It is going to be an asset to our current environment and something that the children are really excited to explore.”

Grange Primary school pupils Ben Herbert (left) and Jason Loynes riding their bikes in the garden

Grange Primary school pupils Ben Herbert (left) and Jason Loynes riding their bikes in the garden

The new environment promotes and extends the areas of learning within the Early Years provision at the school and provides pupils with a chance to develop their skills in a multi-purpose outdoor environment.

Pupils aged two to six will have access to it.

Headteacher Leanne Yates said: “I am really proud of the new area, which is the outcome of a lot of thought and planning to ensure our children have access to the best possible resources here at Grange.

“I am delighted that the children will now be able to access this fantastic resource, which further enhances our Early Years and Key Stage 1 environment and I am sure that they will enjoy the learning opportunities that it brings.”

Grange Primary school pupils having fun in the garden

Grange Primary school pupils having fun in the garden