The Mary Bassett Lower School in Bedfordshire Install New Canopy Cover
Stapleford Primary School knew the importance of outside play, wanted to allow their pupils to spend break times outdoors more often. The school decided to add a shelter to an area of their playground to protect the pupils from the weather.
A large shade sail structure was added to Stapleford Primary School, measuring a total of 6000mm X 6000mm. The Maxima Sail features white steelwork which works well with the sandy beige coloured fabric sails. Made from a waterproof PVC material, the canopy can be left up even when it is raining.
The colourful play area has been completed by the stylish shade sail, and it has already been a huge hit with the pupils and staff. Come rain or shine, playtimes can be spent outside allowing the children to let off steam and refresh ahead of their next lessons. The fantastic play equipment can be used more frequently, throughout the entire school year.
Teachers can also choose to hold lessons or storytimes outside under the canopy. This alternative learning environment will help to engage the class as they get to learn outside of the four walls of a classroom. Parents can also wait under the shelter at the end of the school day when they are collecting their children.
Why is outdoor play so beneficial to school children and how we can encourage children to spend more time outside?
Multiple studies confirm that children’s outdoor play is important for their healthy development and academic performance. This matter shows the benefits of outdoor play in early childhood on physical health, mental well-being, and social and cognitive development. It also shows the need to change the trends so that children can have daily access to outdoor play. The long-term interventions needed to reduce parents’ worries require practitioners’ training, policy changes and improved urban planning for safer environments and natural play spaces.
Continue reading to discover why outdoor play is so critical for child development, why it is disappearing and how schools can intervene.
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