If you pass by the Cornish village of St. Tudy on a bright sunny day or even on a grey, misty morning, you’ll hear the delighted sound of children having fun at their stunning, new play park on the St. Tudy Playing Fields. The village’s former rundown play area is now a distant memory, as in its place stands a modern, vibrant, inviting, play space that is already helping children to enjoy being active whilst they create new, happy memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Here at Schoolscapes we are very proud to have designed, supplied and installed such a special, top quality play park, creating a lasting legacy for the whole community and for lucky visitors to enjoy.
Social, Emotional Mental Health is of high priority across the UK and is a key topic of discussion amongst education and health services. Alarmingly, it is documented by Young Minds and the DfE that ‘one in ten children and young people aged 5 to 16 has a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder’; this translates to approximately 3 children in every classroom. Schools are seeing a rise in the number of children who are struggling with their attention within academic activities and many are now employing members of staff to specifically support children with their mental health within the school day.
Planning your first playground project can be exciting and overwhelming in equal measures. You may have been asked by your Headteacher to come up with a proposal as part of your performance management, or you may have identified areas of the playground which need an update and are keen to take a proposal to the Head and Governors as part of your subject leadership.
No matter which route and why you are thinking of undertaking a playground project, there are so many things to think about, it can be hard to know where to begin. It can be so challenging looking at the different items available and trying to work out budgets, whether they would fit, and what the impact on learning and play would be. So, if you are planning your first playground project, here are some key areas to consider before you start!
10 Simple Gardening Ideas to Inspire Busy Little Green Fingers
National Children’s Gardening Week 26th May – 3rd June 2018
With National Children’s Gardening Week on the horizon, here are a few simple, green ideas to get your children inspired in the garden, whether at home with family or at school. Kids love gardening and getting close to nature and children will never complain about getting involved in a growing project or fail to be captivated by the changes from a tiny seed to a full grown plant!
The end of May is a great time for children to get garden projects underway as they will see quick results as the weather hopefully starts to improve and gets warmer! So here are a few ideas to capture their enthusiasm and to celebrate the fun and enjoyment that gardening can bring.
How Wood Primary School and Nursery
How Wood Primary School and Nursery had some old equipment which didn’t meet the needs of the children. Because the school was tight on space at break-times we found a new location off of the tarmac on the field, this hadn’t been considered before, due to the need to have access to the equipment all year around. The school went for grant funding to try and increase the amount they had to spend from the PTA budget, to enable them to incorporate an outdoor classroom.
The Headteacher, Business Manager and PTA worked together to selected the equipment to ensure it was suitable for the whole school with the upper body, core strength and balance being a priority. The School wanted the outdoor classroom to be sufficiently open, so easy to supervise. And to use as viewing for sports activities.