Early years pupils at Ravensthorpe Primary Academy in Peterborough now have an outdoor learning area, thanks to a £65K investment.

Martin Fry, headteacher of the academy, which is part of the Peterborough Keys Academies Trust said: “Over the summer holidays the outdoor area was creatively refurbished, adding a safe and colourful wet play surface, a large sand play area, a digging and planting area complete with new mud kitchen, a water play zone and a purpose-built decking area which will be used for storytelling and story making.

"The area is used every day, come rain or shine, and is an integral part of the early years curriculum framework and provision for each child.”

Dr Ian Young, chief executive officer of Peterborough Keys Academies Trust, said: “The project is the first of a number of similar schemes for primary schools within the Trust.

"The Trust has prioritised the development of early years provision as a key strategic priority over the next three years and has utilised government capital funding to finance this project at Ravensthorpe. 

"We are delighted with the results of the new outdoor play area and happy it can be used every day in all weathers.”

Peterborough mayor, councillor Nick Sandford, accompanied by the mayoress, Bella Saltmarsh, officially opened the new early learning facility.

He said: “Early learning in the first stages of a child’s life is crucially important and to begin their learning journey and to have this amazing outdoor space which can be used all year round is wonderful.

"I wish all the children many happy times in this lovely learning environment and congratulations to the staff and team here at Ravensthorpe Primary School for making this happen!”