Over the last year, we have been working hard to improve our sensory garden and make the space more inviting, stimulating and well used within school and college. The entire outdoor space has been completely revamped and has benefited from many improvements. This includes new paving with split sections of different textured stones, cobbles and flags. A sensory footpath has been formed, containing different textures to walk on and feel with your feet such as sponge, sand, pebbles and bark. We have had a wall built with a raised garden bed and installed a picnic bench with wheelchair access. A teaching area has been created with benches and artificial grass. We have used various areas to link in with curriculum subjects i.e. using the circular cobbles for maths or playing on the musical panels within the pagoda. We have also had a polytunnel put up. Our DT group have been working hard to construct a ‘storyteller’ chair, made from all natural materials. This will be used across school and college to encourage reading and to bring sensory stories alive.
On Tuesday 2nd July we held a sensory garden open event so that we could share with our parents/carers and the wider community just how amazing our new garden looks. We had stalls selling various garden items made by the DT group, games such as higher or lower and tin can alley, pebble painting, book sales and homecooked food and cakes. The sun even made an appearance! The event was a huge success and we got great feedback from the people who attended. A big thank you goes to all involved.