Playground design that supports learning and development
At Corpus Christi Primary School, the playground plays a significant part in supporting the school's values of being a nurturing place where everyone feels safe, happy and valued, and all children are supported to reach their full potential.
The design of the playground makes it easier to manage play time, and the layout supports outdoor learning. The school has experienced a significant improvement in school attendance, behaviour, and cooperation between the pupils.
"I would definitely suggest to anybody who is the headteacher of a school to do the same thing, and to provide more equipment for children to play with. It has a huge impact on attendance, behaviour, confidence, and friendship."
Head Teacher Gayle MacDonald - Corpus Christi Primary School
The learning playground
The playground is divided into different "age zones" to support the needs of younger and older students. The older students get challenged with physical play, whereas the younger students seek creative and imaginative playground equipment.
The zones are supported with highly social items of equipment stimulating creative thinking, games and social interaction. This leads to more settled class time, and children focused on learning and cooperating.
PhysicalJoy of movement: motor skills, muscle, cardio and bone density
CognitiveJoy of learning: curiosity, understanding of causal relationships and knowledge of the world
Social-EmotionalJoy of being together: teamwork, tolerance and sense of belonging
CreativeJoy of creating: co-creation and experimenting with materials
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