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New playground for our younger students
It was around four years ago when the Primary School at Treloar’s first opened. It soon became apparent that whilst they had everything they needed to learn inside they were lacking an outdoor space for their playtime.
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Beth Arnott, one of Treloar’s Primary Teachers, explains:
“When Primary first opened at Treloar’s four years ago, the children all had the opportunity to learn inside but lacked an outdoor space. A new outdoor play and learning area was desperately needed and so last year we embarked on this project. The area was carefully designed to provide an inclusive playground which would help the children to develop independence skills, give them the opportunity to socialise and play with their friends, be creative and learn and develop skills to the best of their abilities. With your generous donations you have helped to make learning and play exciting and accessible and put a smile on their faces. Thank you so much for helping us to get outside and learn!”
This bright, vibrant area provides our younger students with access to an outdoor play area which stimulates the senses and encourages learning in a fun, hands-on way. It has been specially designed to be wheelchair friendly, with a wheelchair track for students who are learning to drive their own wheelchairs, an accessible roundabout and a large nest swing. There are sensory areas, learning areas, raised beds for growing plants and vegetables, sand and water play – all at the right height to be accessible for our physically disabled students. The area also includes a wooden shelter, ensuring the area can be used all year round.
The swing and roundabout are especially important for our students to develop their vestibular senses – helping them to increase their body awareness, muscle tone and calming or rousing them, depending on their challenges.
This amazing new area is proving a great hit with students – being used as playtime and also as part of student’s curriculum learning.
Our students have used words like “awesome”, “amazing”, “super-excited” when talking about their wonderful new playground.
Staff have said things like “students have been so excited by the new playground, it’s wonderful” and “it’s incredible, the children are definitely enjoying the new playground – it’s a massive change to playtime”.
Thank you for your support.