Time is precious. This saying is especially true within primary schools. For the children, their time in primary school is relatively short; the memories that they make are vivid and long lasting and the lessons they learn are the building blocks of their lives within education. For teachers there is a lot to teach in the little time that they have with their pupils. Break times and lunch times are a vital time for pupils to have a change of scene, recharge and come back to class energised for the learning that will follow. All educators understand that negative encounters experienced over break times can have a huge impact on children’s attitudes and therefore on the quality and effectiveness of learning taking place in the classroom.
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.
Stoke Row Primary School
Stoke Row Primary School had no equipment when we visited, literally just a small tarmac playground. They had 12k and wanted play panels, line marking and play equipment. But they would only get a token bit of each if they had all three straight away.
Downham Feoffees School awarded £10,000 Lottery Grant
Downham Feoffees Primary School, Little Downham, Teachers Leaving Left: Cathy Hales, Teacher Jenny Maynard, Headteacher Michelle Siequien, Picture: Steve Williams.
Pupils tucked into a picnic to mark the end of the school year, and also to celebrate the opening of £10,000 worth of new playground equipment. They also bid a fond farewell to three members of staff.
￼￼￼To create a fun and inspiring active play space for the young children at Knutsford Primary School.
The play space incorporates a Beacon Double Tower with Slide, Scramble Net, Fireman’s Pole and a Clatter Bridge. This tower helps to test and develop a child’s strength, agility and coordination while also encouraging imaginative and team play.