The wide range of equipment that was selected for our playground has supported our mission statement ‘Enjoying learning together, achieving success together!’ and has provided numerous opportunities for learning across the curriculum.
How are we using the space to deliver outdoor learning & educational play?
The Sliding Lid Sandpit in the Nursery and Reception areas have
proved to be multi–purpose, used as stages, areas for construction in
wet weather and jumping platforms, as well as a sandpit. The Play House
has also been used as a shop, a jungle hide out, a space centre and a
post office, allowing the children’s imaginations to run wild in role
play scenarios. It has definitely helped to deliver our outdoor
curriculum in the Early Years.
The Octagonal Shelter has of course been welcomed by parents waiting
to collect their children, but has been used for much more besides. It
is used regularly as an outside classroom for storytelling, drama and
science, as well as a place for children to sit during play times to
chat and eat snacks – a real social hub of the playground.
The activity trail, which includes a Dual Balance Beam and Spinning Disc Challenge, has encouraged pupils from all age ranges to take part
in more active play, taking risks and working as a team, as well as
improving fitness and well-being. It has also been used as an incentive
to encourage good behaviour at playtimes and during lessons.
What are the biggest benefits you have seen for the children?
The wide range of equipment that was selected for our playground has
supported our mission statement ‘Enjoying learning together, achieving
success together!’ and has provided numerous opportunities for learning
across the curriculum.
It has provided our children with a healthier lifestyle and promoted
many skills including team work and problem solving, all whilst having
lots of fun! Overall, our outdoor area now enables us to provide a safe
and enjoyable learning environment that meets the needs and challenges
all of our pupils from 3 to 11.