INCLUSIVE PLAY

Create opportunities with an outdoor learning space 

"The standard of workmanship is impressive and very pleasing  to my perfectionist eye...The finished project is fantastic. Thank you." Tricia Gray, Chair of Governors, Grove Park Community Special School

Special Schools and Special Educational Needs (SEN)

The benefits of play and recreational time take on a fresh importance in Special Schools. 

The lessons that SEN students continually absorb from outdoor learning and play environments form an essential role in their development and progression. 
Essential to a child's development.

As a Special School, the value of an outdoor learning and play facility should not be underestimated.

The opportunities they bring can make a huge contribution to a child's development, and can extend the opportunities, and even the future, you are offering your students.

Playcubed have worked with many Special Schools to create some amazing outdoor environments. We pride ourselves on creating outstanding spaces that offer a wealth of activities to support the development of children, and ensure every feature is accessible to users of all abilities. 

We will work with you to ensure that our designs include everything possible to help your students achieve all their key learning objectives.
What should a good outdoor learning and play area provide?

Outdoor learning and play areas in special schools are so important. SEN students benefit immensely from the visual and sensory stimulation they experience when learning outside.

They are the means for children to engage, explore, discover and react in ways that cannot be achieved in a classroom setting. Put simply, they make playtime a constructive part of their learning program every day.
Outdoor learning and play spaces have been proven to be beneficial for:
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Dyspraxia and Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Memory Impairment
  • Physical disabilities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Regulatory and Mood Disorders
  • Sensory impairment
  • Social interaction
  • Sensory Integration
  • Speech and Language
Our designs ensure that each of the senses are engaged and developed. Examples include:
  • Suitable tactile surfacing
  • Sensory zones providing for all five senses
  • Transition areas
  • Soothing and tranquil retreats
  • Open areas for break-out play
  • Orientation signage
  • Natural and man-made shade
  • Fixed and non-fixed play elements
  • Role play elements
  • Predictable pattern elements
  • Sensory planting
  • Real world environments
  • Promoting colour and visual impact
The Rise School - Case Study

The Rise School is brand new purpose built facility in Feltham, Middlesex, for children suffering with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The modern facility is an outstanding provision, providing spaces for up to 100 children. 

Playcubed were recently awarded the contract to design and construct their three playgrounds. Check out the videos and case study!

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"The best thing about working with Playcubed is that they have experience of creating the most amazing playground environments." Sarah Roscoe, Headteacher, The Rise School
Some Special Schools we've worked with:

Playcubed have enjoyed working with the staff and students to achieve some wonderful play spaces at these Special Schools.
GREENVALE SCHOOL

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BEDELSFORD SCHOOL

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THE RISE SCHOOL

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GARLINGE PRIMARY SCHOOL

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Get in touch today!

Planning a new play area?

Playcubed have worked with many Special Schools to create some amazing bespoke play areas. We enjoy the challenge of making play spaces suitable for a wide range of user abilities - browse some of the case studies above to see examples of our work.

Fill in the form on the right and one of the team will be in contact with you to discuss your requirements.

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