A new ‘road track’ created on school grounds in Abingdon is teaching young children about road safety.

Over the last 15 months staff at Marcham pre-school and Marcham Primary School – which share a site - have been working on a project to develop the outdoor learning space and transform an area of grass into a road track.

Oxford Mail: Marcham Preschool pupil having fun on the new 'road track'Marcham Preschool pupil having fun on the new 'road track' (Image: Ed Nix)

The idea is that the children can ride bikes and scooters, learn about road safety, take turns and use their imaginations.

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Early years teacher at Marcham Preschool Nicky Sanford said: “From our initial idea a little over a year ago, it’s incredible to see the amount of support for our project and how this has developed.

“The children are able to explore and play together while learning important life skills around road safety; also developing skills to support learning across the whole curriculum.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, the impact of this work will go on for many years to come.”

The project, headed up by Ms Sanford and reception class teacher Becky Wagstaff, also brought about a mud kitchen, playhouse, petrol pump and recycled tyre obstacle course.

The project was made possible through grants and donations from several organisations, including Kingerlee Ltd, Radcot Contruction, Marcham Anson Trust, Marcham Thirsty Cafe, Marcham Village Shop and others.

Oxfordshire County Council also provided a personalised bus stop and a contribution to the line painting cost.

Both Marcham Preschool and Marcham Primary School received OFSTED ratings of good.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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