outstanding outdoor spaces

The Court School, Glamorgan

The children at The Court School now have the opportunity to take part in imaginative and creative play with their new playground equipment.

Why did you want to develop your playground?

At The Court School we think that it’s very important to encourage outdoor learning and educational play. We wanted to develop a playground so that our children had more chances to take part in constructive play and to minimise opportunities for innappropriate behaviour and bullying. We also wanted to maximise the engagement of children in activities that could develop positive relationships. We felt that new playground equipment that the children would be required to share would contribute towards the development of social skills.

 

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

Playforce was recommended to us by other people who had worked with the team. We were aware of its positive reputation and knew that the products Playforce supplies are of the highest quality. The team gave us some very helpful advice about how we could make the most of the space that we had available.

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We believe that the value of play to the learning environment is a key factor in developing the ‘whole child’. The equipment has provided many opportunities for imaginative and creative play.

How are we using the space to deliver outdoor learning & educational play?

At The Court School we have ensured that we have utilised the space and maximised the capacity wherever possible. We are using our outdoor learning environment to take elements of the curriculum outside and to teach the children about their surroundings. We use the equipment to encourage pupils to work together and explore new ways of using it.

 

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

The installation of the new equipment has assisted in engaging children with severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in constructive play activities. This inclusion has helped develop social skills, improve relationships and enhance self esteem. We believe that the value of play to the learning environment is a key factor in developing the ‘whole child’. The equipment has provided many opportunities for imaginative and creative play.

Can you share any best practice insights you’ve gained?

Ensure that you have thought about all of the different pupils in your school and incorporate their needs and desires into the plans. Take time to think about the different options and combinations and mix-and-match until you find the perfect one for your school.

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