Playcubed designed and constructed three outdoor sensory learning environments within existing spaces for primary aged children with PMLD, ASD and SLD. The complex needs of these children meant required special attention and planning to ensure each sensory play area enabled benefits of learning through different senses, whilst keeping them engaged and retaining their interest every day. Each play space required fully inclusive to show.
Two sensory areas were within courtyards so access had to be through the school, which was very limited. As a result, careful logistical planning and project phasing ensured adherence to programme. As each of these playgrounds were small and compact, each design had to be carefully honed. Ultimately, this ensures wise use of space and safe operation whilst balancing the need of maximum engagement including a variety of sensory aspects to suit the diverse needs of the children.
Playcubed also added value to this project by having early engagement with the project’s stakeholders. Also, an emphasis on effective design meant that these sensory play areas offer real tangible benefits to the children through enhanced outdoor environments. This will add extra enhancement to outdoor sensory activities for a range of ages and needs.

“Playcubed has helped us develop multiple outside areas for our pupils across both our Walton Leigh & Manor Mead School sites. The designs provided ensured we could enhance our outside play and learning areas while still meeting our pupils needs. The project managers liaised with our staff to ensure maximum safety to our pupils and staff during installation. It’s great to see the children really enjoying and benefitting from these new and improved spaces.”

Mark Bryant

Executive Headteacher, The Federation of Manor Mead and Walton Leigh Schools