New specialist play area for Clitheroe primary school

Outdoor play area at Brookside
Outdoor play area at Brookside

IT’S fun time for youngsters at Brookside Primary School, Clitheroe, with the arrival of a new outdoor play area.

To enhance learning outside the traditional classroom environment, and offer a motivating play area for its pupils, the school has transformed its outdoor space with fun and inspiring equipment from Playforce, the school grounds specialist.

The pupils now have a timber trail for physical challenges with balancing, stretching, climbing and traversing opportunities, to help develop co-ordination, upper and lower body strength and core stability. It can also be used for lesson-based role play.

In a separate outdoor area of the school grounds, there is a step up tower, a sliding lid sandpit, a painted roadway with two zebra crossings, musical panels and line markings to encourage creativity, imagination and role play and to provide an extension to learning space outside the classroom, particularly for early years children.

A spokesman for Playforce said: “We hope that the children of Brookside Primary School will really enjoy their break times and also relish learning outdoors.

“Working with this inspirational school has been a pleasure.

“We are supporting staff and pupils to deliver exceptional education-linked play for years to come.”

Beverley Allan, headteacher at Brookside Primary, said: “The children absolutely love the new equipment.

“By enhancing the outdoor provision for the children, we have been able to give them access to stimulating equipment for innovative play and physical activity during break and lunch times.

“We also provide an environment where they can learn in the open air with fun and exciting resources, which complement national curriculum requirements.”