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Propps Hall School’s Exceptional KS1 Play Environment

An Incredible KS1 Playground Development to Inspire Learning Through Play


Gillian Kay, headteacher of Propps Hall Junior Infant and Nursery School, had extraordinary playground dreams in mind that she wanted to bring to life in her KS1 children’s playground.

Our expert Playground Consultant, Meg Booth, was delighted to be able to work alongside Gillian to help transform her ideas into a reality, including the huge bespoke Tree House she had always dreamed of!

Three children playing on an open-ended climber installed onto artificial grass with two children running past the climbing frame.

A Phenomenal Tree House for Creative and Physical Play Games


Propps Hall’s very own phenomenal tree house wraps around the trees in the woodland area of the schools grounds, creating a truly special area for imaginative play and physical play for the pupils.

Raised off the ground, this impressive structure features:

  • 3 Tower Decks
  • Slide
  • Walkway
  • Net Traverse
  • Vertical Climbing Wall
  • Net Ramp
  • Climbing Ramp
  • Ladder Entry
  • Bubble Windows

It offers a wealth of creative play and physical development opportunities. What could be better than a magical tree house?

One child inside a bespoke treehouse, one child sliding down a slide from the treehouse and one child walking past the treehouse.

Climbing up to incorporate the trees themselves in their creative games and leading the children to adventure under the natural canopy of the branches, imaginative play games are like no other!

We surrounded this magical space with our Artificial Grass Surfacing to create a natural-looking area, whilst ensuring play is never prevented by adverse weather conditions. 

2 children, one boy and one girl playing on a bespoke treehouse with a green slide, installed onto artificial grass.

Swing, Climb and Balance Through the Open-Ended Climber


Away from the humongous tree house, we installed a slightly smaller climbing challenge for the children to conquer.

Our Harter Fell Climber gets little muscles moving as they swing from the ropes, balance across the beams before climbing to the very top and taking a leap of faith!

It’s a fantastic, non-prescriptive challenge that enables children to develop their confidence around climbing at their own pace and practicing assessing and taking risks outdoors.

6 children playing on an open-ended climbing frame, with 2 children playing nearby and 4 children sat on the artificial grass near a tree with a teacher.

These risks are always safe thanks to the impact absorbing artificial grass surfacing featured underneath the climber.

Next to the Harter Fell Climber, we installed a Perch Bench to provide the little monkeys with a space to relax away from active play. Sitting down to socialise and relax, children can plan out their next climbing route or the next creative game.

5 children playing on a play frame which has been installed onto artificial grass whilst two children, one boy and one girl sit nicely on a bench smiling at the camera.

Promoting Fresh Air Learning


To promote fresh air learning and create a practical classroom space outdoors, we installed our smallest outdoor gazebo.

Propps Halls 3.5m Gazebo features decking, benches and a giant whiteboard at the rear of the space.

A 3.5m gazebo placed in front of a large tree with 4 children sat inside of the gazebo and 1 child writing on a whiteboard which is inside of the gazebo.

This smaller space is perfect for teaching intervention groups in the inspiring, calming outdoors, whilst creating a cosy space for the children to relax away from active play in and socialise during their playtimes and lunch times.

Role play games are also taken a step further as the children play ‘teacher’ outdoors and present their own learning on the whiteboard!

7 children inside a 3.5 hexagonal gazebo with a whiteboard, 2 of the children are stood near the whiteboard, 1 child is getting up off the bench. The gazebo has been installed next to a green fence.

Inspiring Imaginative Role Play Games


Little hobbits have their very own play space!

Inspiring role play and creating a fun place for children to build their own cosy dens and transport themselves to new imaginative worlds, a Hobbit House has truly enhanced the creativity of the young children.

One KS1 child who is a girl, wearing a black coat with fur attached to the hood is at the entrance of a hobbit house looking inside of the house.

Adventurers have to kneel down and crawl into their play space as they enter a new world, making up their own games and having fun with one another role playing a different character each day!

This open-ended resource can be transformed through the children’s imaginations during child-led play, or teachers can dress the space to lead the play as they set the theme to match the topic of learning.

One girl wearing a pink coat walking out of the hobbit house onto the artificial grass with trees and blue sky behind the hobbit house.

Playground Surfacing for Floor-Based All-Weather Learning


With a stunning new playground environment, Gillian wanted to ensure that the children could use all of their new resources come rain or shine.

Throughout the new outdoor area, we installed our clean and free-draining artificial grass playground surfacing and our Earth Blend Wetpour Surfacing.

Two children, 1 girl wearing a pink coat and 1 boy wearing a black coat, playing at an outdoor kitchen installed onto wet pour surfacing.

Not only does it ensure the playground can be used no matter what the weather may bring, it also creates fantastic opportunities for floor-based learning activities and loose play resources to be utilised!

The KS1 children are delighted with all of the brand-new exciting playground resources in their outdoor area and cannot wait to go outside to learn and play each and every day! Gillian was so happy to see her playground dream come to life for the children, too. 

2 children sat on a bench, one girl and one boy, smiling at each other whilst they enjoy the sunshine, the bench has been placed in front of a large tree.

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One child climbing on a net traverse which is attached to a bespoke treehouse with one child climbing up onto the treehouse.