A Sensory Awakening at Athersley South Primary School

Athersley South Primary School is a happy, caring and stimulating place, putting children at the heart of everything that they do. Despite being in an area of high deprivation, both staff and parents are working together to make this school something special.

The Tesco Bags of Help grant will help develop a sensory garden, designed to stimulate the senses. These types of gardens are particularly important to the 20% of children who are on the special educational needs spectrum at the school, some of whom may have sensory processing issues, including autism and other disabilities. It will also be beneficial to other children who shy away from the noise and numbers of people in the playground, providing a calm and quiet area for them to play. Developing the playground in such a manner, will allow children to be outside in an area that they feel safe and comfortable with. This will replace the current quiet area, which is concrete and bare, with a few simple wooden benches.

There is also an opportunity to develop additional fixed play equipment outside the “House of Clubs” where parents are supported in dealing with the challenges of parenthood, and children are supported in dealing with issues affecting their learning. It also holds a parent and toddler group, which welcomes everyone in the community, as well as adult education classes. This additional play equipment will have a huge impact on the wider community, helping to get parents into school and involved early on, as well as building good relationships with staff and seeing educational establishments in a positive light.

If you would like to help this school develop a sensory garden in the playground, please vote for Athersley South Primary School in the following Tesco stores:

  • Bolton on Dearne Express
  • Carlton Road Barnsley Express
  • Hoyland
  • Wombwell Sth York Express
  • Barnsley Huddersfield Express
  • Barnsley Extra
  • Penistone

To find out more about this school visit http://www.athersleysouthprimary.co.uk/

If you are interested in applying for the Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme, you can find out all the information you need here.

 


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