Children at two Pontefract primary schools to benefit from £90k outdoor learning areas

Children at two Pontefract primary schools are benefitting from fantastic new outdoor learning facilities.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 11:45 am

Pontefract Academies Trust has invested around £90,000 into the equipment at Halfpenny Lane J&I and The Rookeries Carleton JI&N School.

Children and staff are now able to take advantage of state-of-the-art playgrounds with planting areas, den making apparatus and textured multi coloured flooring to help heighten the senses and encourage creative play. The new areas also have an outdoor stage for performances and waterplay equipment designed to help strengthen problem-solving skills as well as bird and ladybird boxes to encourage wildlife. The areas at both schools have been created to help the children explore and discover as well as ignite their imagination and creativity.

The project has been designed primarily for early years ages 3,4 and 5 by award winning educational playground specialist ESP Play but will be of benefit to the entire school community for years to come.

Julian Appleyard, chief executive officer of the trust, said: “Outdoor learning is a great way to engage with children and bring their classroom projects to life. The feedback from the children, parents and staff to their new facilities has been phenomenal and we’re delighted to be able to invest in their future learning endeavours.”

Andrew Wood, MD of ESP Play added: “We are firm believers that our equipment helps to make young people more physically active, confident, healthy and determined to achieve.”