A while ago now, I visited a primary school that was in temporary accommodation for a few months whilst their original building was being renovated and extended. The temporary accommodation was pretty desperate – a classic run-down community facility in the middle of a deprived urban high-rise area.

What impressed me what that the school decided to give the school grounds a quick lick of paint to brighten it up. I’m sure by now none of the measures undertaken will still be there. But I just liked that the school valued how its outdoor space looked. (The indoor area was quite amazing too).

First of all, these beautiful flowers were the welcome outside the entrance (the green door on the left). They were made from plastic bags…

The storage shed really did look very bonny. I rather like the welcoming outstretched arms of the person painted on the ground…

As well as people, these flowers could be seen all around the tarmac area…

Lastly every class had painted a mural which was hung outside. Each one had a theme relating to the local area. Lovely!

I think it’s steps like this that can help children engage with a space and make it their own. We need to feel a sense of belonging for a place, no matter what that might be.

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