Muddy, messy fun for Ashley Hill pupils

Tuesday 15th March 2016 |

Local family-run building firm Hartford Homes has built and installed a bespoke ‘mud kitchen’ at Ashley Hill Primary School to boost the pupil’s outdoor play area.

Hartford joiners designed the wooden play equipment especially for the Onchan school’s grounds and it includes storage, pan hooks and even the kitchen sink!

Acting head teacher Laura Kinmond said: “The donation of the mud kitchen will enhance our outdoor learning for years to come: it means a lot to the school and will help lots of children develop in a variety of ways.”

Mrs Kinmond explained that the kitchen is a brilliant resource to support learning: “It will help the children to develop their imagination, it will provide links with all the areas of the curriculum from measuring in maths to speaking and listening, but most of all they will love getting muddy and messy!”

Now that the kitchen is in situ, the school plans to develop the surrounding area by painting chalk boards onto the wall so the children can create menus and write recipes, as well building a cafe area where budding chefs can serve up their culinary creations.

Mrs Kinmond added that the reception class is already making the most of their mud-prep area: “The children are very excited about their new mud kitchen and have enjoyed using it for the first time. They made a range of delicious mud pies, drinks and cakes for the children and teachers to try!”

Hartford Homes completed a development of luxury apartments, Royal Buildings, in the centre of Onchan in 2012. Director James Greenhalgh said: “As an Isle of Man company, we think it’s crucial to give something back to the Manx community. In particular, we’re delighted that we could use the skills of our team to craft something tangible which can be enjoyed by hundreds of children over the years.”

In the coming weeks, Hartford will also support the school in the purchase of a playground storage container for a range of items including tarpaulin, ropes and tyres used for outdoor learning and play.

Photo caption: Ashley Hill Primary School’s reception class dish up mud pies and drinks  for Hartford Homes site manager Keith Featherstone and acting head teacher Laura Kinmond.

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