Ashton Keynes C of E Primary School in Wiltshire Add Colourful Canopy
Rhymney Comprehensive School in Tredegar has completely changed their outside space. The children can now sit outside in the fresh air, protected from the elements all year round.
Squirrel Grey - RAL NO. 7000
When Rhymney Comprehensive thought about adding a canopy to their playground, the wide range of canopies available made the choice quite difficult. Canopies with shade cloth that protect from UV rays, canopies with PVC fabric which protect from UV and wet weather, polycarbonate canopies which provide a solid roof structure…
The canopy that they chose is from our Motiva Duo range. With steel uprights in Grey (RAL 7000) and an opal polycarbonate roof, this canopy was installed with gutters and downpipes to ensure that rainwater was effectively managed. In matching paintwork these elements are smart and durable and complete the canopy perfectly. The canopy measures 15000mm x 6000mm and sits in the playground area of the school, allowing all the children to access it.
There is a lot of research that points at the advantages of spending time outdoors; easing heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormones and muscle tension. It can even improve your mood. Enhancements in attention, memory and concentration have also been illustrated.
How does this effect children in school? Well, being inside for almost all of the day is connected to increased anxiety and depression. Couple this with the call of computer games and social media at home and you can see how necessary it is to offer children as many opportunities to be outdoors during the school day as possible.
Spending time outdoors raises Vitamin D levels (an important hormone that helps to protect against a range of diseases such as osteoporosis, depression, heart attacks and stroke). It is presented in research that many of us do not get an adequate amount of this important vitamin, so more time outside is essential to help confront this deficiency.
With the longest break in the school day being the lunch break, a great resolution is alfresco dining. More and more schools are improving their outdoor areas, erecting outdoor dining spaces, with canopies, shade sails, umbrellas and even enclosed outdoor dining rooms. With growing pupil numbers, this is a solution to the increased pressure that existing dining rooms come under as schools grow.
Continue reading our blog post to learn how schools can tackle this problem and let their students to spend more time outdoors.
“Fabulous, the children are using it as a shelter at the moment and we will be adding seating and benches soon as well.”
– Rhymney Comprehensive
The new covered area is being finished with seating and tables so that the children can enjoy break times and lunchtimes in their new space. What a super new addition to the outside area. There is a fantastic view as well, which we are sure that students and teachers will enjoy for many years to come as they sit under their new canopy.
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