YOUNGSTERS at Kippax Greenfield Primary School will soon be enjoying a new outdoor play area thanks to a £10,000 lottery grant.
The school received the grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All and work will be starting on the new area next month.
Claire Roberts, deputy head teacher, said the area would be used by foundation stage pupils, along with members of its before and after school clubs.
She said: “It’s going to include a stage, there will be planters so children can do their own gardening and we’re going to have den-building areas. It’s the final stage in an ongoing project the school has been doing to improve the area for the last two years so children can make the best use of it.
“Originally, before we started the project, it was just the outdoor area between two buildings, so we fenced it in and this summer we resurfaced it to make it more useable, but this work will really enable the children to use it.”
Mrs Roberts said the school, on Ebor Mount, had worked with pupils and parents, giving them a say in how the outdoor area was developed.
She added: “It will make such a difference to their environment. It means we can use this area all year round. Children have got a wide range of things they can do there – they can be creative on the stage, construct things in the den area and grow their own food, while we can encourage them to go outside more to exercise.”
Work on the area is due to take place during the first week of February.