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.
What is Dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia, which is also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), currently effects 5-6% of children for which the majority then go onto experience related difficulties in their adult lives. Intellectual ability isn’t affected by DCD, but as children with dyspraxia often struggle with their coordination sadly this can, in turn, affect their educational achievement and go onto to affect their daily life skills and even their future job opportunities.
According to the Dyspraxia Association 2015, whilst dyspraxia/DCD is primarily a motor disorder, in many cases individuals may experience difficulties with memory, perception and processing along with poor planning, organisation and sequencing skills which can have a significant negative impact on everyday activities.
With 1 in 10 of the UK population being dyslexic, according to the British Dyslexia Association, it is important to consider which strategies will enable all children to be able to learn effectively and to feel successful and go on to reach their full potential in life. Most dyslexic people are either of average or above average ability, so it is important to allow them to access learning in a way that gives them time and strategies to understand, process, practise and then be able to recall and communicate both new information and their own creative ideas.
There are so many famous, successful people that are dyslexic, who have had a real struggle at school and have often felt restricted by their condition. But by finding their own strengths and discovering their own ways to learn and communicate information, they have learned to live with dyslexia and become experts in their fields. Albert Einstein, Agatha Christie, Tom Cruise, Keira Knightley, Bill Gates, Channing Tatum, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg and Richard Branson are to name but a few!
Portreath Surf Life Saving Club has a well-deserved, enviable reputation for its admirable work in educating young people in valuable, life-saving and beach-safety skills. Its talented coaches support children on their pathway to becoming confident lifesavers, with many of the Nippers going on to become successful youth lifesavers and often even competing for Team GB or becoming Life Guards for the RNLI. Children can join the club and get involved in learning about beach safety through fun activities, by becoming Sand-hoppers from age 6 and going on to enter Surf Life Saving competitions when they are ready from age 8.
At the beginning of March, we were proud to sponsor the Nippers at Portreath Life Saving Club by providing all 130 Nippers and their dedicated coaches with smart team T-shirts to support them during their competitions. Since then, the enthusiastic Nippers have gone on to prove that they are just as effective in the still waters of the pool as in the open ocean, by competing successfully in the Nipper National Pool Competition in Cardiff. This national competition, set in a stunning 50-metre pool, consisted of a variety of very challenging events such as the Flipper Race, Manikin Carry and Board Rescue and Relays.
Modern outdoor learning environments inspire children to be active, adventurous, creative and imaginative. It is now more important than ever to provide a safe and durable flooring, to allow your children to be able to explore and discover in safety, without restrictions to their creativity. No play surfacing will stop or reduce falls, but what they can do is reduce the severity of a fall, reduce injury or even prevent accidents. If it’s a sport-surfacing you are after, then there are also many interesting options for your MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) or outdoor sports areas. In fact, there are so many different safety and sports surfacing options available today, it can be both confusing and hard to decide which one is best for your unique setting. So, here at Schoolscapes, we have created this simple, but comprehensive, guide to popular playground sports and safety flooring options; these have been safely and successfully tried and tested by a multitude of little feet, in our bespoke, innovative, outdoor play creations across the country.