Wednesday, 6 May 2009

I started the day early at Beechwood Primary School...

I had been invited by my colleague John Beckett, headteacher at this great little primary school, to see their new nursery and their 'Magical Garden'. It was wonderful to start the day at Beechwood Primary School and to meet John's team.

It was really good to be able to talk to John and to walk around the school with John to visit classrooms and see some of the wonderful teaching and learning going on in this little oasis of learning. John and his team have achieved something really remarkable for this community.

The new nursery is a fantastic addition to the school and the 'Magical Garden' is simply brilliant.There are 35 'Magical Gardens' at Children's Centres here in Leeds. They have been developed by Melanie Poulson working with Ian Chadwick from the Parks and Countryside Service. Ian and his colleagues have worked with Melanie to help her create these very special learning resources. It is quite amazing how this team have turned bland areas of tarmac into simply magical areas for our youngest children. Every school should have one!

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