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Holt Mayfield and Lozells School, Warwickshire

A new playground transformation at Holt Mayfield and Lozells School has given the pupils a space to play, learn and create in. They tell us how their new equipment is being used in all areas of the curriculum.

Why did you want to develop your playground?

Our old playground was beginning to look a bit tired and we wanted to transform it into a fun and inspiring space. We needed to find a way to encourage more active and creative play during lessons and break times and ensure that our pupils are getting a healthy, daily dose of exercise and fresh air. Designing a new playground would allow us to get the whole school involved in a new project that would benefit all of us for the future.

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

We wanted to find a provider who would see us through the project from start to finish and check on us afterwards. We felt comfortable with the Playforce team from the start and they were keen to get the whole school involved in the process. The children loved being part of the designing stage and it has given them a huge sense of ownership for their new playground. It’s been a brilliant experience.
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The children work hard in lessons for their turn on the equipment. Having been a part of the design and build process, they are really proud of the new space.

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

The range of equipment we have chosen enables us to deliver outdoor learning and educational play across our curriculum. The Sandpit is a beach at break time and an archeological dig in lessons. The Flow Wall gives us the chance to show our pupils first-hand how to experiment with water. Lessons can be taken outdoors in any weather with the shelter and stage, just added an element of variety to the day boosts the children’s enthusiasm.

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

The children work hard in lessons for their turn on the equipment. Having been a part of the design and build process, they are really proud of the new space. Spending more time outdoors has inspired and motivated them in lessons and the additional exercise is sending them on their way to being happier and healthier. They find new ways to play and new problems to solve every day.

Can you share any practice insights you have gained?

Choosing equipment that is multi-purpose gives your school the opportunity to incorporate outdoor play and learning into all aspects of the daily routine. We’ve benefited greatly from having the option to take lessons outdoors and it has helped encourage the pupils to gain a better understanding and attitude towards their natural environment.
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