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Outdoor Learning Environment 

Welcome to our Big Outdoors Project here at King Athelstan Primary School. We are on a journey to redevelop our Outdoor Learning Environment for our children and are dreaming big!

At King Athelstan we put the children’s happiness, wellbeing and excellence in learning at the core of everything we do and our ambitious Big Outdoors Project will ensure we achieve this in all aspects of the children’s school experience.

The project began in 2016 with a school community consultation, resulting in an exciting design for our Key Stage One and Key Stage Two outdoor areas. As our ambitious project had a price tag of around £400,000, we have tackled the development in two phases. The first phase, which includes a wonderful new Multi-use Games Area, small allotment, challenging climbing equipment and inviting Key Stage Two play space, was completed in the Summer of 2020, just in time for our young people to return from lockdown. This development cost £240,000 which we raised through our dedicated Parent Carer Staff Association (PCSA), sports funding and other school revenue.  We are now fundraising for the next phase to redevelop our Key Stage One Playground with a cost of around £120,000. This fundraising includes the continued work of our Parent Carer Staff Association (PCSA), sponsorship from local businesses and securing funding from grant applications.

Now more than ever our children need an inspiring outdoor learning environment where they can safely and confidently begin to rebuild their friendships, develop physical fitness, motor skills and their love of learning. After months of disrupted learning and lockdown restrictions, they need a space where they can refocus on their education and on nourishing their mental health and social interactions. Our carefully designed Big Outdoors Project for our 5 to 7-year olds will create spaces for physical, social and mental development as well as enhancing reading, science, drama and core life skills, such as problem solving and team building. It will also include a fantastic outdoor space to further develop our Specialist Resource Provision for children with complex Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Work commenced on the first phase of the refurbishment of our KS1 playground in February 2024, and the children will be able to try out the equipment for themselves soon. Fundraising continues so that the next phase of the project can be implemented. 

Here is an PPT about the development: KS1 Update 

If you would like to make a donation:

Watch our video here: 

If you would like to help with fundraising please contact:

The PCSA: 

Our Outdoor Learning Lead, Clare Williamson:


At King Athelstan we ‘dream big’ and the final outdoor learning environment will certainly be an incredible addition to our school.

School calendar

  • O'Keeffe Class Assembly
    24 April 2024, 9am
  • Fashion Show – at Fusebox Kingston
    28 April 2024
  • Summer term clubs start this week
    29 April 2024
  • Klee AM and PM Trips to the Library – Volunteers needed
    30 April 2024
  • Kusama Class Assembly
    1 May 2024, 9am
  • Bank Holiday - school closed
    6 May 2024
  • Matisse Class Assembly
    8 May 2024, 9am
  • PCSA Quiz Night – at school
    16 May 2024

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