Highfield Littleport Academy has had a helping hand from the local community to bring its ‘Play and Explore’ outdoor space to life. The school, which is situated on the edge of Littleport, caters to students within a 2-19 year age range who have significant and complex learning difficulties. 

Earlier this month the school, which is part of the Active Learning Trust appealed to parents and local residents for support, prompting a positive response from the community.

The school sought help to enrich the early years playground with sensory resources aimed at engaging learners during outdoor activities. and promote interaction and engagement, which are particularly challenging for this group of learners.

The 1st Littleport Croft Beavers group, led by Tanya Watson, promptly volunteered to assist the school. The group created three impressive sensory panels incorporating various textures and sounds, taking into account the needs of the learners at Highfield Littleport. Throughout this process, the Beavers also worked towards earning badges as part of their 'construction and community' work.

The school is continuing to enhance its outdoor spaces to support the students with their learning. During the recent half-term break, artificial grass was installed, and fundraising initiatives are ongoing to acquire more equipment for the area.

Yvonne Skillern, Headteacher at Highfield Littleport Academy, expressed her gratitude, saying: “We aim to work collaboratively with the community and this lovely gesture exemplifies that spirit. We wish to thank the 1st Littleport Croft Beavers for their donation.  The panels are fantastic and our students love them.”

CEO of Active Learning Trust, Lynsey Holzer commented: “The addition of these lovely sensory panels to the Early Years playground has transformed the area into a fantastic space for the children to play, explore and learn. We are very grateful to the Beavers for all their hard work and generosity”.