GREENVALE SCHOOL This Special School in Lewisham, London, had their new sensory garden opened by the local major.
SEVEN SISTERS PRIMARY SCHOOL See how Playcubed transformed this unused corner of the playground into an inspiring nature activity zone.
THE PERSE PELICAN SCHOOL An open area was made usable all year round at this primary school, with artificial surfacing and a study hut incorporating a large tree.
NATURE PLAY The world of nature offers so much for children to explore. Our bespoke Nature Areas are very popular, and with wildlife habitats and exotic planting, the children really feel they're out in the wilds.
THEMED PLAY Nothing makes for a more beneficial play space than a themed area. Children can loose themselves in imagination as they become absorbed in real-life, historic or futuristic situations. There are no boundaries to imagination!
CANOPIES Extend and utilise your space with a canopy. The beauty of a sheltered outdoor space is that it can be used for anything - work or play. Why not splash colour everywhere with our coloured perspex roofing panels?
The Academies Show is the leading free-to-attend event for schools and academies. Bringing together education professionals, key decision makers and high quality service providers, the show offers unrivalled networking opportunities and the tools to better understand the latest education policies. The event includes conferences and hands-on theaters, as well as many key note speakers .The Playcubed team are looking forward to meeting you and discussing your playground ideas at stand 546.
Play England's release, Charter for Children’s Play,
play as: ‘what children and young people do when they follow their own ideas
and interests, in their own way, and for their own reasons.’
should be freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That
is, children and young people should be able to determine and control their
play by following their own instincts, ideas and interests.
Play has also frequently been described as ‘what children and young people do when they are not being told what to do by adults’ . Many adults think that play is unnecessary; however play is a vital part of childhood and is necessary for every child’s healthy development. Through play children are able to develop the skills and abilities they will require as they grow older . Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity that is fundamental to the healthy growth, development and well-being of individuals and communities.
It can take many forms; how a child plays is unique to him or her. For some, playing can be doing nothing in particular, it can mean doing lots, being boisterous, showing off, being contemplative, overcoming difficulties...etc. Through play children explore the world and learn to take responsibility for their own choices . Play can be sociable or solitary, play can help children to climb, swing, gallop and chase. It can help them to try new things out, push boundaries , develop confidence, explore and experiment the world around them. You can read more on the benefits of play here .
Having time and space to play gives children the opportunity to meet and socialise with their friends, keeps them physically active, and gives the freedom to choose what they want to do. Play supports children to move through each stage of their development naturally, allowing them to make friends, come to terms with difficulties, follow their instincts, think and learn from others. When children are asked about what they think is important in their lives, 'playing' and 'friends' is usually at the top of the list!
Here we explore the top reasons why Artificial Grass
has become so popular in schools:
Maxmise the use of your space
Artificial Grass fully utilises the space your school has by making it available for all-year-round use. Often schools have areas of natural turf which, whilst great in the warmer months, cannot be used during the winter. Such areas are prone to becoming boggy in the wet, and normally take such high footfall that they are more akin to mud patches than grass areas! This is where artificial grass comes into its own – it is ready for action all-year-round and stays looking it’s best even after years of heavy use! By choosing Artificial Grass you are maximising the use you can get out of your outdoor areas.
Artificial grass requires minimal maintenance, and even then a simple regular brush over is virtually all it needs. No more weeding, mowing or watering. You can read more on this in our Artificial Grass Easy 5 Step Maintenance Guide .
At last, Clean Uniforms!
The parents will thank you! Investing in artificial grass spells the end of muddy, grass-stained uniforms and footprints in the corridor!
It Blends in with the Natural Surroundings
A further benefit of Artificial Grass is that it’s unobtrusive to the eye. Like natural turf in appearance and colour, artificial grass blends in with natural surroundings without looking ugly or drawing attention to itself (that said, there are plenty of coloured options if you're after something ‘louder’). In fact it’s becoming more and more popular as a domestic garden surface due to its pristine appearance.
Add some Style!
If you have a larger area, artificial grass is a great way to add some style to your playground! It can be mixed with other artificial surfaces , cut into shapes or patterns or used with contrasting colours with amazing results. Take a look at the surfacing in these projects at The Rise School and Plumcroft Primary School .
Save Long Term
Artificial Grass enables you to save on maintenance and labour costs.
Soften the Blows
Although not a safety surface in it's own right (more on that below), Artificial Grass does have impact absorbing qualities, helping to cushion falls and making it a safe option over other playground surfaces.
Keep it safe
When installed with our optional UltraMat, artificial grass is a compliant safety surface. This means it can be used beneath playground equipment to meet safety regulations and satisfy fall height criteria.