Primary School Bugzone Pond October 19, 2016
Bugzone, transforming the school grounds
Who: St Annes CE Primary School, Bewdley has 315 children from four to eleven years in eleven classes.
Why: Jane Wagstaff, Eco Coordinator and Forest School leaders Amanda Greenow-Langford and Alison Neary were all keen to have a pond in the grounds. They were keen to ensure it would be safe, particularly as reception children do forest school every week.
The solution: Creative Pond Covers supplied a Bugzone Pond – a pond liner together with a safety cover. Parents dug the hole and installed the pond and it quickly became established.
The benefits: Reception children regularly visit the pond as part of their forest school programme. Wildlife Clubs have been run for year 2 and reception with the pond as a focal point and pond dipping as a great highlight. A pond dipping session was also arranged for year 5 students as part of their life cycles study.
Ponds are a great habitat, particularly where there is limited outdoor space, they contain fascinating creatures and children can see life cycles and food chains in action. Using the pond across the curriculum can engage the children in subjects from Maths to ICT.
The Bugzone is a well designed, safe and practical solution, which makes it easy for schools to get the most from this fabulous learning resource.