New Scotland Hill Sensory Garden
Project Category: School
New Scotland Hill Primary School is very passionate about creating a sensory garden for all of its pupils to enjoy. A sensory garden is a fun educational tool that allows children to explore and learn about their senses and nature, and generally interact with the environment around them. We hope the garden will provide endless opportunities for hands-on experiences to promote effective learning and to encourage the children to process their world through touching, feeling, comparing, and observing.
Sensory gardens can also be beneficial in promoting bodily awareness, improving concentration and can have a calming effect on children.
We hope to appeal to all five senses by installing a range of different features and stimuli. This would include plants picked for their colour, scent, taste and touch, as well as water features, a pond, windmill, wishing well, bird house, bug house, mirrors and wind-chimes.
We will have a central solar water feature surrounded by a circle composed of a variety of different stones, sand and shells to add colour and texture. The central water feature and an additional water fountain (which will be located within a new pond) will add sound and movement, and will give opportunities for water play. The new pond, bug hotel and bird house will provide habitats for wildlife, which the children will be able to observe first hand.
We intend to use raised planters in order to allow easier access to the plants (bringing them closer to the nose) and to include a windmill that will bring colour, movement and interest to the garden. Our idea for the new wishing well is to incorporate tactile story stones which the children will design themselves and placed in the well; children will draw pictures on these stones before they are selected randomly and the children asked to invent stories, based on the pictures they see. This will help develop creativity and imagination.