Bournemouth, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 12, 2011 -- To enhance learning outside the traditional classroom environment and offer a motivating play area for its pupils, South View Infant School has redeveloped its outdoor space with fun and inspiring equipment from Playforce, the school grounds specialist. The school's pupils can now benefit from learning in the open air and also have access to stimulating equipment for innovative play and physical activity.
In an increasingly sedentary society and with NHS statistics reporting that 23 per cent of four to five-year-olds are overweight or obese, ensuring that outside areas give children the best opportunity for physical activity is a key consideration for schools. According to Ofsted's 'Learning outside the classroom' report (2008), learning beyond the traditional classroom helps to improve pupils' personal, social and emotional development, so a stimulating outside environment will enhance teaching and learning experiences.
Pat MacDougall, Head Teacher at South View Infant School comments: "We were spending too much time bringing toys out and setting them up each day, sacrificing the amount of time the children had for play. The Playforce equipment enables us to have distinct areas for play cited outside, allowing us to spend the time we would previously have spent setting up the equipment, enhancing the children's play time."
South View Infant School has purchased the following equipment from Playforce: a Sand and Water station adjacent to a "Controlled Muddy Zone", made from Play Safe sleepers; a Storyteller chair and Toadstool seats and a Creative Drawing Trail.
The local Playforce School Grounds consultant, Laura, says: "We hope that the children of South View Infant School will enjoy exploring their new outdoor learning environment and relish the opportunities that it provides. 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."
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