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Build Nature School at Hill View Infant

Funded on Spacehive 25 June 2021

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Build Nature School at Hill View Infant

Build Nature School at Hill View Infant

Hill View Infant Academy By Hill View Infant Academy

We want to encourage and inspire children through an innovative and long term approach to outdoor learning, by creating a Nature School within Hill View Infant Academy.

Sunderland Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 25 Jun 2021!

Playing and learning outside improves children’s physical and emotional wellbeing and the experience has been shown to be hugely beneficial for children with a range of emotional and developmental needs. Rather than using classroom resources and equipment, children can use natural materials found in the woodland and enjoy activities such as collecting sticks and leaves, tying knots, making dens, handling tools, using twigs to write in the mud, climbing trees, jumping across stones and building fires. With this in mind we want to create a ‘nature school’ within our infant academy. The school will have a beach area with rocks and tree trunks, an outdoor classroom, a stone fire pit with log seating and natural dens and tunnels. Children will have the opportunity to attend regular sessions at nature school over a long period of time.

What we'll deliver:

  • Install an outdoor classroom to provide warmth and shelter and be a base to further explore outdoor learning.
  • Create a beach area to spark intrinsic motivations to explore, create and be curious about the world.
  • Build a fire pit so children can develop their gross and fine motor skills whilst learning how to manage risk
  • Provide den building opportunities to learn about team work, problem solving, mathematics, creativity and communication.

Why it's a great idea:

We believe the creation of ‘nature school’ will be a great opportunity for children to explore the outdoor environment, develop a connection with nature and improve a whole range of skills from personal, social and emotional, to physical development and communication and language skills.

Steps to get it done:

  • Outdoor classroom to be installed
  • Creation of various areas to support learning
  • Children to start accessing Nature School


Location Sunderland

About the space

Hill View Infant Academy


Sunderland City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £15,423

Outdoor Classroom - £15,000 (97%)
Other - £423 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Outdoor Classroom
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Fire Pit & Beach Area - £3,200
  • Natural Dens and Tunnels - £1,800
  • Any additional funds would be spent buying learning resources

Total £15,423

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Do you own a company and could donate resources? Such as logs or rocks?
  • Do you have a trade and could help us practically by volunteering to help build or develop areas?

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