Playground Design for
Schools & Nurseries

Schools & Nurseries

Russell Play has consulted on, designed and built many school playgrounds and our expertise in play and safety has provided many pupils with lots of fun and healthy playtimes.

But school playgrounds offer more than just fun, they include many aspects of learning and development:

Personal, social and emotional development

Self confidence and discovering individual limits

Communication, language and literacy through play

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Physical development

We design our play areas with inclusivity in mind and we have created various play areas for Special Educational Needs schools.

Russell Play provides advice, playground designs and play equipment for the National Curriculum and the Curriculum for Excellence.

Here are some ideas that fit the various stages of these Curriculums. Feel free to contact our Playground designers for advice on your specific situation.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) or Early level (3-5 years old) Children explore and learn through playing, therefore teaching is often done through play at this stage. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, the child learns about subjects and other people through games. The prime areas of learning (Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, Social and Emotional development) can be very well catered for by outdoor play equipment.

Key Stage 1 and First level (5 to 7 or 8 years old)

Good landscaping and the right outdoor play equipment can greatly help children to develop physical, social and mental skills at this stage. School play equipment can offer opportunities to extend children’s agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Multi Use Games Areas offer the opportunity to engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities.

Pupils can participate in team games and developing simple tactics for attacking and defending, which are all part of the Curriculums’ targets.

Some pieces of our sensory and musical play equipment are great elements that can be used in music lessons.

Key Stage 2 and Second level (7 to 8 or 11 years old) In Key stage 2, the focus is on developing a broader range of skills, communication, collaboration and competing with each other. Competitive games but also activities that develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance suit this development stage.

At this stage, children should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Key Stage 3 and 4 and Third and Fourth level (11 to 16 years old) Key stage 3 is all about becoming more competent, confident and applying these skills across different sports and physical activities. Ball games and outdoor and adventurous activities that present intellectual and physical challenges and that encourage to work in a team are very suitable for this stage.

Play Expertise Our ‘Play Expertise’ pages on Age and Gender contain more useful information when it comes to typical characteristics and suitable activities depending on age and gender. The pages on Inclusive Play will give insight into making your play area suitable for all abilities.

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