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EYFS Sensory Garden & 'RICHER' Wall Mural

De Ferrers Sixth Form Volunteers Help to Create an EYFS Sensory Garden & Wall Mural at River View Primary & Nursery School


As you may have noticed we have a bright, new, rainbow-coloured entrance to our school reception area. We were very fortunate last week to have 6 volunteers from the Sixth Form at The de Ferrers Academy, and a young man from Year 11 at Robert Sutton, who worked tirelessly on the projects. Miss Jennifer Heathcote designed the mural, and Miss Natasha Hudson planned the sensory garden. Mrs Imogen Berry co-ordinated the project making sure that everyone and all equipment was in the right place at the right time.


We were most fortunate to be able to receive donations of items and time, as well as discounts from various local companies, in order to bring the plans to fruition. We would like to thank Aston, Callum, Liv, Amelia, Ella-May, Molly and Ioan for their great effort and fantastic artistic skills! Our rainbow mural reflects our River View ‘RICHER’ values. We would also like to thank Paul Steed and Simon Hinks at Stapenhill Cemetery Garden Centre for their wonderful donation of bedding plants, vegetables, grasses and herbs, and Alan Watson, (a landscape gardener at, for his advice and donation of spray paint and time. Harlow’s and Garden King offered us a great discount. We would like to extend our thanks to Miss Hudson, Mr Berry (school governor), and Elder Wall and Elder Pace, (local LDS missionaries) who gave up 4 hours on Saturday morning to move the project further along.


I think you will agree that the almost finished project looks great and will give a lot of pleasure and numerous learning opportunities to our EYFS children next year. They will be able to explore the sound, visual stimulation, smell, and touch of the various zones within the garden.


If you are possibly able to donate further unwanted pots and pans for the sound-making area of the garden, it would be very much appreciated.


Please enjoy the accompanying photographs showing the progression of the projects over three days last week.