B.O.L.E. – Binfield Outdoor Learning Environment

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BOLE ‘tidy-up’ – November 2016

We would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the wonderful volunteers who came into school on Tuesday morning to tidy up the BOLE in preparation for exciting new developments within the area.  Despite the cold, they all worked really hard and have done a fantastic job clearing the area to help the children gain much more from the space.  We are very grateful to Jackie Rawes from Quintiles IMS and her colleagues Angela Gray, Daniel Magson, Sarah Coe and Laura Beedham, and also our parent/grandparent helpers Hannah Rice, Kirsty Sizeland, Alex Bartlam, Dennis Cooper and Rachel Norris.

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Opening Ceremony for the BOLE – October 2014

Staff and children of Binfield C.E. Primary School, Binfield, Bracknell turned up to school on Tuesday 7th October in their wellington boots and waterproof trousers to celebrate the opening of the B.O.L.E. – the Binfield Open Learning Environment.

The school had a disused nature reserve on the corner of the field which was really overgrown, and unsuitable for the children to use. Headteacher, Mrs Suzie Featherstone-Wright, wanted it to be developed into an outdoor learning environment, where the children would be able to learn all elements of the curriculum outside, and asked the Parents Association, FOBS, to help her in the challenge. Several working parties were organised, with parents and staff working at weekends to clear the weeds and brambles, but to little avail. Finally, one of the FOBS members, Helen Maberley, had a great idea and got in touch with Waitrose, who were happy to support the school. Over the summer holidays, staff from Waitrose came down and cleared the weeds, built tables, developed pond and growing areas, painted the side of a classroom, and created a fantastic learning environment that the children could use.

On the 7th, the Waitrose staff who had created the learning environment, along with members of FOBS came to hear some of the children read out what they been doing in the B.O.L.E., including building dens, being outlaws to inspire writing in the theme of Robin Hood, be spies and take part in a Gruffalo hunt. The Waitrose staff also shared in photographs of the children’s experiences, and finally, witnessed the Bracknell Mayoress cut the ribbon to open the area officially. Special balloons were released by some of the children and Waitrose workers to celebrate the opening, and cakes were supplied to the children to commemorate this special event.

The BOLE is co-ordinated by Faye Reynolds and Katy Hughes.