Happy days in great outdoors

Published on: 28 Oct 2016

CHILDREN in the Resource Base at Blackhorse Primary School have a wonderful new outdoor space in which to play and learn.

The area has been designed using research on how children with autism like to play and unwind. It includes spaces where children can practise their balancing and climbing skills or relax in a hammock, teepee, tube den or hanging pod. There's also a new roadway for the children to ride their scooters and trikes as well as an outdoor classroom.

The equipment has been crafted from natural and recycled materials and includes a variety of textures to provide sensoriy feedback for the children.

The outdoor area has been created by the Green Play Project, who have worked with the Resource Base leader Jacqui Taylor and her team to transform a former area of scrubland at the school for use by the 22 children aged four to 11 in Oak and Sycamore classes.

It was funded by the school with the help of donations from parents, including Kelly and Ian Lloyd, from Coalpit Heath, who carried out fundraising as part of raising awareness through the National Autistic Society.

Parents, staff and children had the chance to see the new area at an official opening ceremony.

Executive head Simon Botten said: “This is a fantastic facility for the school. The Green Play Project have done a great job in making our vision for supporting outdoor learning for children with autism a reality.”


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