“We are very happy with both areas overall. Children are enjoying the area. Parents and passers-by are commenting on how visually different the play areas are and that it now looks like a school playground. We would love to work with you again”
J. Coombe – School Business Manager
What were the reasons for developing your outdoor space?
• No play provisions for KS1 and Foundation Stage
• KS1 area had been damaged previously
• Needed to include activities for the children
• To help improve behaviour with play opportunities
How we transformed the play area to provide outdoor learning opportunities for the children:
We worked with Braunstone Frith Primary school to support them right form the start of their ideas gathering to providing designs and quotations to present to the local authority to apply for funding. After being successful with enough funding to develop the grass area in the KS1 it was clear that to maximise play opportunities and increase physical activity that one of our Adventure Trails would be perfect. The school had expressed a preference for an Adventure Trail circuit, so it could be used for play times and PE lessons. We provided a Continuous Adventure Trail consisting of Log Crossing, Tyre Crossing, Walk & Stretch Posts, Wobble Bridge, Overhead Trapeze, Tunnel and a Balance Junction. The new Adventure Trail was given a Rubber Mulch Surfacing underneath to allow all weather usage and protect the ground form wear and tear.
Foundation Stage Area:
After many discussions with the school and various briefings with the Foundation Stage leaders we realised that to supply the best unit to cater for the abilities of this age group a Multi-Play Tower would be the best option. The school chose a completely bespoke 0.9m High Multi-Play Tower Consisting of: 3 Square Platforms, Moulded Slide, Climbing Wall, Arch Ladder, Scramble Net, Multi-Play Fireman’s Pole, Multi-Play Infill Panel x 2, Above Deck Mirror Dome Panel, Below Deck Local Shop Panel, Monkey Bars Bridge, Net Bridge. The school chose to surface underneath he Multi-Play Tower with 32mm Pile Height Artificial Grass and Shockpad to provide safety, comfort and natural feel area for the children.
How the children will benefit from the new play area:
The KS1 age children will now have a wonderful new zone to increase their physical activity and exercise in a fun way during play time and PE lessons. This will help their overall development and improve many skills including balancing, traversing, crawling, climbing, stretching, swinging and coordination.
The Multi-Play Tower offers crucial physical and skill development for children of a Foundation Stage age. The unit offers them a place to discover stepping, balancing, climbing, crawling, reaching, stretching, sliding whilst improving coordination and upper and lower body strength.
What were your main reasons for working with EPE over other competitors?
“Your designs were attractive. We liked the fact that equipment options differed between areas and age groups. You followed our brief favourably, communication was great and finally we got what we wanted.”
Would you work with us again?
Would you recommend us to other Schools?