Special Schools and Special Educational Needs (SEN)

 
The benefits of play during recreational time take on a fresh importance in Special Schools.
 
It’s without a doubt the lessons that SEN students absorb from outdoor learning form an essential role in their development. So with this in mind, play environments help aid this progression.

“From the planning stage Playcubed listened to our needs and provided us with everything we needed to create a playground which not only looks great but also provides our pupils with a variety of experiences they would not have been able to access. As a result the pupils have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the new areas of the playground..”

Gail Weir
Head Teacher at Waverley School


Essential to a child’s development

As a Special School, you should never underestimate the value of an outdoor learning and play facility.
 
In fact, the opportunities they bring make a huge contribution to a child’s development. They can extend the opportunities, and even the future, you are offering your students as well.
 
Playcubed have worked with many Special Schools to create some amazing outdoor environments. What’s more we pride ourselves on creating outstanding spaces that offer a wealth of activities. Above all, these activities support the development of children, ensuring every feature is accessible to users of all abilities.
 
Most important of all, we work together with you to ensure that our designs include everything possible to help your students achieve all their key learning objectives.
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So, what should a good outdoor learning and play area provide?

Outdoor learning and play areas in special schools are most important. SEN students undoubtedly benefit immensely from the visual impact alongside the sensory stimulation they experience.
 
In effect, they allow children to engage, explore, discover and also react in ways a classroom can’t achieve. To put it another way, they make playtime a constructive part of their learning program every day.
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Outdoor learning and play spaces prove to be beneficial for so many. To list a few:

  • 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
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Our designs ensure that each of the senses are engaged and developed. To list a few of our favourites:

  • 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


Some of our Inclusive Play projects

See just some of our playground projects that have incorporated inclusive play in their design.


Some of our clients

Southwark Council JPG
The Rise School
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Waverley School

Examples of our Inclusive Play products

See just some of our playground projects that have incorporated sand and water play in their design.

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