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VIEW FROM THE CLASSROOM


VIEW FROM THE CLASSROOM


2031. We are in the heart of Kent but with Ebbsfleet International on our doorstep, London is a quick 30 minute commute and Paris is a mere two hours away! Ebbsfleet Green is one of three primary schools in the new development, and we have 420 places including a 26-place nursery and SEN centre. Our school is part of the Maritime Academy


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n our ever popular View from the classroom feature this month we’re


delighted to hear from Joanne Wilkinson- Tabi, Executive Headteacher at Ebbsfleet Green Primary School in Ebbsfleet, Kent, who talks about the role outdoor learning plays in educating the whole child, reflecting the school’s core values and introducing skills of adaptability, creativity and innovation, humility, collaboration, humour and positivity, supportiveness and trust.


Tell us about your school Ebbsfleet Green Primary School is a new school currently under construction in the largest Garden City Development in SE England - the population in this area is expected to rise to 252,000 by


Trust, an educational charity catering for over 4,000 pupils aged 3-11 across thirteen primary schools with nurseries based in London and Kent. We were due to open this September, however COVID19 delayed construction on our new site. Being innovative thinkers we found temporary accommodation at Bligh School, another Maritime school; our students take the school bus for the short trip to and from Bligh each day and we were able to start school in September. One of the positive outcomes from the situation is that we have forged a strong relationship with the team at Bligh and are currently working on a collaborative Early Years project. Building work has since recommenced and we are on schedule to be in our new school building in September, 2021.


Tell us about ‘Edible Ebbsfleet’ and the connections your school is making with the Garden City community? ‘Edible Ebbsfleet’ is a community based initiative launched by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) to help build community in our new Garden City. The initiative supports local residents to grow fruit and vegetables in public spaces - along roadsides and in parks and private gardens, to promote healthy eating, a healthy


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lifestyle and to get to know the neighbours. ‘Edible Ebbsfleet’ also offers us a great


opportunity to develop strong links with our new community and harness authentic curricular connections between the Garden City and our students' learning. As a Maritime Academy Trust school we are committed to an entrepreneurial curriculum encouraging students to learn problem-solving skills by thinking of creative solutions to innovate and educate. ‘Edible Enterprise’ will be a student led business enterprise growing fruit and vegetables on the school allotments. They will learn about cultivation and commerce growing and harvesting


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