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Keep the aspirations flying

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Inspirations series
Publication Date: 
28 Apr 2006


Through the Flourish project, early years lessons at Haseltine Primary School in Lewisham can now offer so much more.

What was once a barren, concrete play area has been transformed into a living, breathing space. In this programme Helen Bromley, an early years adviser works alongside landscape gardener James Gartside to create an outdoor classroom for children who have little or no access to green areas.

This stimulating environment has been designed to encourage learning allowing all sorts of activities, exploratory exercises and messy play. The kids get to plant their own potatoes, grow aromatic lavender and play with dinosaurs in the prehistoric garden, storytelling becomes an adventure as they re-enact the tale in the sunken fishing boat.