East Sheen Primary School is situated on the Upper Richmond Road, however, once inside visitors are often surprised by the extent of our site. They are impressed by the amount of green space and how creatively it has all been landscaped, none of which is seen from the road.
We consistently work in partnership with governors, staff, PTA and the Pupil Leadership Team to create an outside environment of which we are all very proud.
In our school we have two main areas; a Putney playground on the Putney side and a Sheen playground on the Sheen side, both marked out for games' activities.
The children also have access to a large climbing frame, trim trail and an astro turf playing field, as well as a variety of outdoor learning spaces including a pond area, sensory garden, wild garden and "growing area".
The growing area is managed by the school Gardening Club run by a member of staff, with the help of parent volunteers. During the year a wide range of organic produce is grown, harvested and then given to our school chef to be used in our school lunches. The development of our growing area has been a school priority as it is very much part of the school’s commitment to healthy eating and promoting the education of sourcing food and sustainability.
Our fantastic Reception block has a designated play/outside learning environment that provides further opportunities for children to learn and practise new skills in an environment outside the classroom. This area has been carefully designed to be a fun and exciting space to take learning to the next level.
A similar environment has been established outside the Year 1 classroom, which helps the children with their transition from Reception to Year 1. Teachers plan for learning in these areas and they are fun and creative spaces where children can work and play.
As a school, we are committed to providing an outdoor environment for our children that will provide stimulating and challenging learning. Such an environment supports both the curriculum and the extended school day programme.
We are grateful to the many parents who assist in making our environment attractive and stimulating for all in our community, through tending the flower beds and cultivating attractive flowers and plants all around the school.