A Seamless Transition From Inside the Classroom to the Outdoors
This Cheshire based school wanted to create a dedicated undercover outdoor learning environment for their Early Years Foundation Stage classes, whilst providing their little learners with a seamless transition from inside the classroom to the great outdoors.
Greg Rossiter, our expert playground consultant who is passionate about early learning, got to work designing a multi-functional space that could be fully utilised.
A Fully Waterproof Outdoor Play Space
As the school were determined to ensure that typical Cheshire weather wouldn’t affect the children’s outdoor learning, Greg designed an 18m x 4.5m Timber Canopy to cover the space between the two buildings.
This huge structure features polycarbonate panels to provide shelter from the rainfall and shade from the bright hot sunshine. Listening to the raindrop onto the roofing is relaxing for the children to listen to whilst sparking curiosity about the world around them.
As it covers the building doors, the children can go out and play no matter what the weather may bring!
To zone the space further, we surrounded the new play area with our Bow Top Timber Fencing and a gate. Teachers can choose if the children have access to the main playground by opening and closing the gate, as well as ensuring access to free flow play throughout the school day.
Colourful and Soft Surfacing for Cross Curricular Play
Greg was keen to ensure that the new area would be as comfortable and engaging as possible for the children. As a result, underneath the canopy, there is a mixture of surfacing to provide a cosy area for floor based games while zoning the area.
The staff at the school have taken learning outside by providing plenty of loose play resources in the various spaces to further engage the children in child-led and adult-led play.
The different surfacing has created a bright, aesthetically pleasing space for the children to explore and engage in cross-curricular play games outdoors. Moreover, the entire area is impact-absorbing to help minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls as the little ones run around and play.
Chelford Primary School are delighted with their new outdoor play space and cannot wait to open the doors to let the children out to learn through play each and every day, even when it’s raining and pouring.
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