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School Playground Equipment
School playground equipment and outdoor classrooms
Physical activity on school playgrounds - the key to good health and better learning and attendance in schools
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day. But far too many children are nowhere near that.
School is mandatory for all children and the one place we know all children come to. This means, that school is our window of opportunity to make sure all children have access to being physically active, hence being happy and healthy.
This school in Scotland created a school playground to promote physical activity in school children. Learn what they achieved in the video.
Why school children love our KOMPAN school playgrounds
Well-designed play areas are like outdoor classrooms that help children’s social and physical development. This is why it’s important for playground equipment to inspire children’s imaginations through innovative and exciting designs.
We offer this through a wide range of products including climbing frames, sports equipment, and outdoor play equipment that guarantees safety at great value for money while being inclusive for all ages at school and abilities.
A KOMPAN school playground is a healthy investment in learning and child health and will help your school:
Increase student attendance
Get an attractive school environment
Raise student attainment
Boost academic achievements
Improve student attention
50 years experience creating playground equipment for schools
After having helped thousands of schools get the most out of their outdoor space, we understand that every area has unique requirements. That's why we offer bespoke outdoor play equipment for schools that meet your needs while respecting your budget.
Our multifaceted team of play consultants, landscape designers, and other experts work together to follow a specially developed KOMPAN playground planning process that will leave you with a tailored plan that contains the best from multiple expert areas.
Our design principals take into account how the school playground equipment will support your students, curriculum, space, surroundings, and activities.
The finished result is a completely original, custom-designed playground solution that provides the greatest possible value for the school, outdoor space, and students.
13 tips on how to create an outdoor classroom
The outdoor learning site should have a gathering space for students to listen to teachers (seating with whiteboards), as well as active learning stations for students to do hands-on activities (tables). These spaces can be thought of and designed as "rooms" within the overall outdoor space, and should always be in clear sight of the teacher/instructor.
The outdoor learning space should not look the same as the indoor learning space – instead of square or rectangular spaces, think circles and ovals.
The outdoor learning site should be designed for access and inclusion for persons using assistive devices – make sure that seating areas and tables have pathways wide enough for students using wheelchairs or walking frames.
The site of the outdoor learning should not be far from toilets/wash stations and first aid.
There should be clear boundaries to the outdoor learning site, and a designated whole group meeting point in case of emergency.
Teachers and supervisors should have clear sightlines to supervise their groups at all times
The site of the outdoor learning should have electricity, Wi-Fi, and phone access.
The outdoor learning site should maximize opportunities for students to engage with natural elements and learn from nature (trees plants, water, and gardens).
Where students are working with tablets and computers, there will need to be protection from glare
Consider the thermal comfort of students and teachers – this will vary with climate and time of year but could mean a need for shade or a need for heating/blankets
The outdoor learning site will need space for dry storage.
The outdoor learning site will need space to display work.
The outdoor learning site will need a space for or access to sheltering from rain or snow.
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