A Bird’s Eye View – The Priory Parish CE Primary School
The Priory Parish CE Primary School contacted Creative Play as they were looking to re-develop their existing play area. They wanted to remove the whole area and start from scratch to create a new environment that would allow children to explore the outdoors whilst developing fundamental movement skills and building confidence.
The area was to be used by both KS1 & KS2 children, therefore we had to provide something that would be suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities.
After removing their current steel equipment, fencing, bushes & shrubs as well as excavating the ground, we installed a wide selection of equipment including a Jigsaw Tower System, suitable for a wide age range, a variety of Trim Trail items including a Jelly Board, Stepping Logs and Parallel Ropes, and a bespoke Octavia Shelter with planters, chalk board and trellis archway entrance.
Now the new area now offers a great mixture of equipment for not only play but outdoor learning and exploration, too.
In addition to the play equipment we laid multiple safety surfaces; Wetpour, Rubber Mulch and Artificial Grass, throughout the area. This helped to enhance the natural feel and complemented the surrounding area perfectly whilst, more importantly, ensuring the new playground met all the BSEN 1176/1177 standards.
After the installation we revisited The Priory Parish CE Primary School to see how the playground had impacted the school, we spoke with Head Teacher Greg Edwards, who said the “playground has allowed children to build confidence, cooperate more outdoors, and interact more with each other”. He also noted that pupils were “learning to have patience with each other” and that “the older children have been supporting the younger children to climb and challenge themselves further.”