Pond dipping success - thanks to a helping hand

Barrowcliff pupils in their wildlife pond area Julia Parsons, Staff Tracey Shaw,Carol Vickerman,Paige Blenkin,SBC Helen Percival,Joe Boreham,Teacher Paul Johnson..front George Metcalf.Picture Richard Ponter 132917

Barrowcliff pupils in their wildlife pond area Julia Parsons, Staff Tracey Shaw,Carol Vickerman,Paige Blenkin,SBC Helen Percival,Joe Boreham,Teacher Paul Johnson..front George Metcalf.Picture Richard Ponter 132917

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Year 4 pupils from Barrowcliff School were able to experience a morning of pond dipping in the school’s own nature reserve.

The activity linked to their current learning theme of “An English Country Garden”, with help from Helen Percival and the Scarborough Council parks and countryside team.

Barrowcliff School is lucky enough to have its own pond area, but until recently was unable to fully utilise it as there was no way that the children could safely access it.

Staff from the council’s parks and countryside team, based at Manor Road Nurseries, kindly lent a hand by building platforms for the children to stand on which enables them to get as close to the water as possible in order to look for and identify varieties of wildlife and plants.

Deputy headteacher Paul Johnson said: “We would like to thank the parks and countryside team for these platforms and the other works they have recently completed for the school. We are currently in the process of enhancing the outdoor areas of the school and are very grateful for their help with this.

“Helen has also provided an excellent learning experience for the pupils and it is especially good that we have the resources to use within our own grounds.”

Pictured are Julia Parsons, Tracey Shaw, Carol Vickerman, Paige Blenkin, Helen Percival, Joe Boreham and Paul Johnson, with, front, George Metcalf.

Picture by Richard Ponter 132917