Incredible Playground Equipment Targeting The EYFS Curriculum
Pentagon Play's Playground Consultant, Becky Hazell, met with the Headteacher at Trinity CofE VA Primary School and collectively formulated a plan for the school's Early Years and Key Stage 1 outdoor play areas.
Preparing and implementing a large playground for Trinity CofE VA Primary School felt both exhilarating and challenging.
We were able to install; an aesthetically pleasing, visually stimulating and outdoor curriculum-focused nursery and reception garden, and an outdoor infant area.
Here is a snapshot of the overhaul of the outdoor areas at Trinity CofE VA Primary School and Pentagon Play’s journey from planning to execution.
The 7 Areas Of Learning
At Pentagon Play we recognise that the playground is critical during the foundation stages of learning.
We feel honoured to have installed an early years playground at Trinity CofE VA Primary School that is advantageous in supporting physical development.
The early year's outdoor play area was divided into different zones specifically targeting various types of play.
The first zone we created was for active play, this was an important fragment of the playground at Trinity CofE VA Primary School as it inspires children to get fit and move.
By installing targeted playground equipment, children can progress and develop their motor skills and refine their balance and coordination, whilst simultaneously building muscle strength.
This region is particularly advantageous as it encourages children to take safe risks.
Here is a list of the playground equipment that we fitted in this zone;
- Stepping Logs
- Tightrope Bridge
- Inclined Balance Beam
- Harter fell Climbing Frame
Literacy and Mathematics
Our striking and visually stimulating playground markings serve a dual purpose.
They are both colourful and aid learning. The children at Trinity CofE Primary School can use these resources to practise phonics, literacy and numeracy while developing their understanding of the world.
When the children use these more than one part of the brain is stimulated. One-part concentrates on physical growth and movement, whilst the other focuses on learning and recall, bringing the fun back into learning.
Here’s a list of our brilliant and curriculum focused Playground Markings installed at the school;
- Roadway bespoke per meter to include 9 parking bays
- Bespoke number circles 0-30 with evens being blue and odds being purple
- Bespoke phonic circles with white writing
- Number grid 1-100 outline
- Multicoloured phonics ladder (based on 60 sounds)
They say a picture paints a thousand words and here is one to show just how beautifully we transformed the play areas into zones of learning and discovery.
You can take a look at our full range of Playground Markings here.
Imaginative and Creative Playground Equipment
The addition of a bespoke outdoor Amphitheatre at Trinity CofE VA Primary School delivers a perfect place for children to express creativity. It can also be utilised as an outdoor learning space with shelter.
To create extra seating, we added artificial grass in the centre.
At Pentagon Play, we like to go the extra mile for our customers, therefore we personalised our standard design to have an increased height along the back upright, to meet the school’s requirements.
Outdoor Performance Stage
We also fitted a lovely Bespoke Performance Stage with chalkboards to encourage expressive arts and design, along with developing children's fine motor skills and handwriting.
This can be used for outdoor teaching and provides children with the freedom to fully express themselves using non-prescriptive play further developing their self-confidence, communication and language skills.
Non-Prescriptive Play Equipment
We included an imaginative and creative zone for the children at Trinity CofE VA Primary School to encourage the use of their imagination.
It was important that we formed a zone with apparatus intended to give the children the opportunity to completely express themselves and to develop their confidence.
We fitted specific play equipment to promote inclusive and non-prescriptive play:
- Easel Table
- Large Self-Selecting Store
- Small Moveable Artificial Grass Topped Seat
It’s a welcoming setting which encourages role play, taking turns and active listening skills that are all important for adulthood.
- Story-telling chair
- 2 medium self-selecting stores: particularly beneficial for child-led play.
- Den Making Posts
Sensory Zone – Messy Play
How we collect and process sensory information such as; look, touch, feel, smell, and sound plays a fundamental role in understanding the world around us.
We fitted an assortment of messy play equipment at Trinity CofE VA Primary School that endorses sensory development and encourages children in the foundation stages to engage in messy play.
It also has the supplementary benefit of social, language and communication growth as well as the development of interpersonal skills and teamwork.
The apparatus fitted uses sand, water and mud to produce a region for exploratory learning and discovery:
- Sand table With Lid
- Water Table with Lid
- Mud Box
- Mud Kitchen
- Potting Table
- Sliding Sandpit with Shade Roof
- Tuff Spot Table
- Water Wall with Reservoir and Rain Cloud
View our full range of Imaginative and Creative Playground Equipment here.
KS1 Physical Development
At Trinity CofE VA Primary School, the play equipment that we installed for physical development was carefully selected to encourage the development of gross motor skills.
Pentagon Play appreciate how important the advancement of motor skills are for children and that these are integral skills essential to complete everyday tasks.
We installed a series of equipment which would be beneficial in refining children’s muscle strength, balance and coordination.
These also inspire children to progress in lifelong skills which can be applied to the real world, such as; communication, turn taking, lead and follow, co-operation and teamwork.
- 4 Large stepping logs
- Twist Net
- Climbing poles
- Net Traverse
- Single-sided timber climbing wall
- Mini balance beam
- Log weaver
- Parallel rope traverse
The great thing about this zone is that the teachers at Trinity CofE Primary can use the above apparatus as part of their PE lessons.
Our Playground Consultant, Becky Hazell, thoroughly enjoyed working with Trinity CofE VA Primary School and has shared some wonderful words about her time with the school while developing this incredible environment:
"I have absolutely loved working alongside Owen and Sarah to create their dream outdoor space for the children at Trinity. Their passion, experience and enthusiasm on how they want their children to learn was really exciting to create a design for. It has been so much fun to be a part of the journey, developing their lovely new provision at Trinity C of E and going back to visit and seeing the children enjoying the space was just amazing!! I know the outdoor area will be very much loved by the staff and children now and in the future and know it will be the source of lots of wonderful and memorable moments for the children throughout their time at Primary School. "