Sens-ible Branscombe

OLDER children from Branscombe School have been thinking about their senses. Working with the Magdalen Project near Chard, after spending the day at Magdalen Farm recently, they have used their senses by making and tasting pizzas in their cob oven, in out

OLDER children from Branscombe School have been thinking about their senses.Working with the Magdalen Project near Chard, after spending the day at Magdalen Farm recently, they have used their senses by making and tasting pizzas in their cob oven, in outdoor activities, gardening and seeing its animals.Tilda from the farm then visited the school to work with all its pupils to develop the awareness of the children's senses by creating a sensory garden in its quiet playground area and also in the foundation stage outdoor area. Pupils collected discarded items to use as planters, including old wellies and baskets, a pair of clogs and even a Henry Hoover, while Sidmouth Tyres donated several tyres.These were painted and turned into mosaic planters using milk bottle tops and plant pots. During planting Tilda spoke about whether plants were for eating or had pleasant scents or were interesting to touch. Headteacher Katie Gray said: "Despite awful weather the children had great fun creating our sensory garden. "They learnt a lot about the different plants and the unusual containers and range of colourful plants have certainly brightened up a corner of the playground. "We all look forward to looking after the plants and watching them become established."Fred, nine, said: "I enjoyed pasting the milk bottle tops onto boring containers to make them more interesting and colourful. The sensory garden has given our playground 'life'."Emily, eight, said: "I enjoyed planting the flowers. The ones I planted had really nice smells. Painting the tyres was fun too.


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