Make Sense of Sensory Learning!

Make Sense of Sensory Learning

Children learn to make sense of the world around them, through using their own 5 senses from the minute they start to develop, even whilst safely tucked away inside their mother at the beginning of their life’s journey. So it makes perfect sense to carry on providing opportunities for children to learn through sensory stimulation as they continue to explore, change and grow in an exciting and ever-changing world.

What’s more, the majority of children love to use their senses both to learn and discover new concepts, as well as to reinforce old and familiar experiences throughout their lives. In fact for some children, sensory exploration is one of the strategies for learning with which they feel most comfortable. For many children who have lacked sensory stimulation early on in their life, they will continue to crave physical, real experiences and feel happiest when carrying out hands-on learning.

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Playground Inspection Checklist

Playground Inspection

Regularly inspecting both the equipment and the grounds of a playground installation ensures it remains a safe place for children to play and have fun. It helps to plan and follow a timetable of regular playground inspections, which then results in any required maintenance work or preventative actions being detected and implemented as soon as possible.

In an educational setting, playgrounds should be inspected by a responsible member of staff on a daily basis, or before less regular use, to ensure that the playing space remains safe. However, a more detailed, scheduled, regular maintenance inspection should always take place. This can be easily set up and carried out in-house by your establishment and then any advice sought regarding any maintenance work required.

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Red Nose Day 2019

Red Nose Day 2019

Ready Steady Go! RED NOSE DAY 2019 is nearly here!

This Friday on 15 March, people across the country will be coming together to have a go at doing anything funny or fun to raise money for Comic Relief. No matter how big or small a gesture or activity, all the small donations of money add up in the end, making supporting people in need both in the UK and around the world that little bit easier. The more money raised the more of a difference the Comic Relief team can make.

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Get Comfy, World Book Day is on the Horizon

World Book Day

Celebrate World Book Day this March

At Schoolscapes we truly understand the importance of reading and learning from books all the year around. But, we particularly love to join in with this fun celebration of books and reading for World Book Day on 7th March 2019, alongside all the schools, nurseries and families out there! For many, this provides an opportunity to celebrate authors, illustrators, poets, books of all types and genres and more importantly just the power of reading!

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The Benefits of Storytelling

The Benefits of Storytelling

Storytelling has stood the test of time. We all love stories, whether a fascinating story around a campfire; an interesting story of heritage and history, passed down through the generations; an enjoyable novel on holiday or listening to a child’s first go at stringing events together in a factual or amusing traditional or personal tale.

Storytelling Week is a celebration of all things story: from adventure stories to traditional tales, from mysteries to science fiction. Stories inspire the imagination and record histories from modern day to the distant past. Storytelling supports the acquirement of so many skills from baby, through to child and onward into adulthood. It provides a holistic approach to personal development, building upon vocabulary, memory, imagination, emotional awareness and informing physical, spiritual and intellectual understanding.

At Schoolscapes we truly value the importance of storytelling and creative and imaginative thinking and this informs a large part of our innovative, outdoor playground designs. Why limit storytelling to the indoors? The opportunities to inspire children both through quality books and through physical, active storytelling outdoors are limitless.

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