Tips for making the most out of the warm weather

A growing number of schools are recognising the potential of their grounds- space that can be used to provide experiences that can support children’s learning and well-being.

Tips for making the most out of the warm weather

A growing number of schools are recognising the potential of their grounds- space that can be used to provide experiences that can support children’s learning and wellbeing. A dull and uninspiring playground and unkempt school grounds can leave children feeling unexcited, or even lead them to misbehaving, at break times.

A National School Grounds survey found that 65% of schools believed school ground improvements encouraged learning and 73% found behaviour improved. It’s important for children to be stimulated both inside and outside of the classroom, here are a few improvements you can make.

1. Zoning

When it comes to outside space creating zones for specific activities can be beneficial for schools. Zones that include specific games encourage even the most hesitant students to participate in healthy exercise. Zones could include quiet areas with sheltered picnic tables, nature areas with plants and flowers, and areas of the playground with grid games and play equipment. Such spaces have been shown to increase physical activity, decrease bullying and reduces playground injuries - a busy playground keeps bullying at bay, create a quiet ‘thinking time’ to help with this.

2. Use all the Space

Schools should try to avoid having any restrictions in their outside space so students can move freely in the outdoors in their break times. Making changes to achieve this can be a simple as cleaning up litter or cutting back overgrown plants and trees. Clearing spaces to create more space for the children can actually make a big difference to their wellbeing. Outdoor learning can be beneficial to students so, why not have the students help with the litter picking and planting of a new garden area? Growing plants can be used for science lessons and art murals can be a great art lesson with a difference – brighten those bare walls!

3. Improving Equipment

Old, outdated or broken equipment isn’t ideal especially in a school environment. Improving your school’s outdoor play equipment can have a big impact when it comes to engaging children and keeping good behaviour. Children naturally want to play and are constantly looking for opportunities to do so. Introducing a simple waterproof and child friendly storage system filled with; skipping ropes, cones, soft balls and similar items can be exciting to primary aged learners.

4. Sensory Areas

Include areas of discovery by creating a sensory learning zone. Sensory learning is a really important part of a child’s development, it can be a great way to engage young learners and even the most misbehaving of children. The sensory area where children can experience different textures and play with different substances is a good way to make use of free space. It can include sand pits, cushions to sit on and artist easels. Creating a space like this is so simple and can massively improve creative thinking and learning as children explore and experiment.

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