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Blackfield Primary School, Hampshire

Blackfield Primary School combines outdoor learning with educational play in new outdoor space.
The junior and infant pupils at Blackfield Primary School are working together to find innovative and imaginative ways of using their new playground equipment.

Why did you want to develop your playground?

At Blackfield Primary School we wanted to develop an outdoor space where both the junior and infant pupils could work together in problem-solving activities while also engaging in physical activity. Enhancing our playground with equipment suitable for this would give our children the combination of outdoor learning and educational play that we believe is so important.

What were the key elements that made Playforce stand out from other providers?

When we were initially researching playground providers, Playforce stood out with its clear and bold brochures and website. The equipment is described accurately and the designs were perfect for our school grounds. After contacting Playforce, we were immediately impressed with the communication and helpfulness of the team.
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The behavior of our children has greatly enhanced and they are much more willing to work together when using the equipment.

How are you using the space to deliver outdoor learning and educational play?

We’ve divided our outdoor space into a number of different zones so that the children can decide how to spend their time. The Woodland Village is very popular with the infant pupils and they love working together to invent new games. Our music and creative equipment is a more relaxed space where the children can use their surrounding environment as inspiration.

What are the biggest benefits you have seen for the children?

The behaviour of our children has greatly enhanced and they are much more willing to work together when using the equipment. We’ve noticed the imagination the pupils are using outside is being transferred to classroom activities and motivation in lessons has improved.

Can you share any practice insights you have gained?

Try to think about all of the different pupils you school contains and their individual interests. It’s important to provide an outdoor learning environment that will last into the school’s future and keep a wide variety of children motivated and interested.
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