In the summer of 2012 Procter & Gamble
were kind enough to provide us with a donation to further improve our Sensory Garden they sent around thirty employees to help tidy up and weed our Sensory Garden and other outside areas as well as plant new sensory plants.
During school year 2017/2018 we have developed an area next to the west yard into a sensory garden. This space consists of a seating area, light dome, wheelchair swing and a variety of plants designed to stimulate all the senses. The raised beds are themed, for example scented plants, colourful plants and tactile plants consisting of grasses. The sensory garden will be accessed throughout the school year for specific learning experiences and for intensive interaction.
In 2009 The Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund provided us with superb new playground equipment for our new school. This includes new swings, see-saw, slides, climbing frame and roundabout which our pupils thoroughly enjoy! Read our article here
In addition we were lucky enough to have had several generous donations which we were able to put towards the purchase of some large pieces of outdoor play equipment. These were installed in July 2011 and our pupils have been enjoying the benefits.
Watch our video here, and check out the article in the Hexham Courant here
We are all really happy with the two new canopies which have been erected at the front of the school building during February 2014 half term holiday. These provide shelter and a large covered outdoor place for children to play and learn and are a positive addition to the classrooms. Many thanks to Mike Douglas from D3 Associates, Architect and Project Manager of this work. Along with some additional fencing, the completion of this essential building work means that NCC are able to admit two year old pupils into school.
Since 2015 our outdoor areas have changed dramatically. After the Finance Committee of our Governing Body allocated capital and we applied for funding to Tesco we have created a Forest School Area which is accessed by all pupils throughout school. Forest School allows children to learn all about the natural environment, as well as learning key skills such as, how to handle risks. The area now contains a Mongolian Yurt, a fire circle and a vegetable patch.
Our Forest School
In September 2017 a new outdoor gym, activity centre and sunken trampolines have been installed, which have all proved to be very popular. The outdoor gym will provide children with structured opportunities to develop their fitness and strength, alongside providing important movement breaks during the school day.