“Climbing, sliding, swinging, general adventuring about the place are proven to boost emotional intelligence, general health, intelligence and creativity.”
Where it all began ...
Through the generosity of a King's Hall family, phase one of our adventure playground was constructed and officially opened in November 2018.
We witnessed, first-hand, the delight this brought to our pupils; not a dry day goes by when it is not in full use. When asked what they thought of the new facility, the pupils said: “It’s amazing, we want more!” And this is exactly what happened. Phase two – funded by another King’s Family – was designed and installed over Easter 2019, providing scramble nets, a crawling tunnel, a tree house deck, transverse ropes and a bucket swing.
Demand for this popular facility is such that development and ideas do not stop there. In discussion with Earth Wrights, the pioneering company responsible for creating phases one and two, we proposed a third phase that would include a quiet space – an area to relax, read and socialise.
We ae very pleased to announce that the plans are approved and construction is scheduled to start in September. This time most of the equipment will be built off-site, meaning we will not have to wait for half term to have it up and running. This third phase will include reading huts, wide span benches and hangout hammocks, all brought together to deliver the requested quiet outdoor space for children who prefer to read and chat.
None of this would have happened without the kindness of our King’s families. Each and every pupil is extremely grateful to you for providing them with this creative outdoor adventure playground.
In June 2018, we held a workshop and asked our King's Hall children about their ideas for an adventure playground. Click here to see what they said.
The space and beauty of the King’s Hall site certainly lends itself well to this type of adventure playground. The vision was to carpet the area in many more structures to take the children a million miles away from the classroom and to bring even more levity and laughter to their break time. We judge the success of the project by the size of the children’s smiles. Read more about the plans for phase three here.
Casting wide for evidence of the positive impacts of different sorts of vigorous play, it turns out there is a tonne of research to prove the point. The benefits go beyond increased motivation and concentration in the classroom, fabulous news though that is for parents and teachers alike. Climbing, sliding, swinging, general adventuring about the place are proven to boost emotional intelligence, general health, intelligence and creativity. Who knew play could do you so much good?