Collingwood Primary School, located in North Shields, contacted us as they wanted to improve two different play areas in their school. Their main playground didn’t stimulate much activity with football dominating the play times.

School: Collingwood Primary School

Location: North Shields, Tyne & Wear

It was identified that the main playground offered no real challenge for the children to tackle during playtime.  In addition, the school wanted to invest in a quad area that was used by the EYFS team for their outdoor provision.  This area was cover in rubber Wetpour that had been in for a long time. It was time to revamp it.

The ESP Regional Manager for North Shields met with the school’s headteacher, Harriet Bland, to discuss the spaces and their ideas. Harriet wanted to add more challenge into the playground and enable children of all ages to participate in active and imaginative play.

Our design team created a fantastic climbing zone using the unique FreeFlow Adventure wooden climbing equipment.

The FreeFlow Climbing Adventure

The FreeFlow wooden climbing frame combined 6 modular platforms with seven exciting climbing challenges connecting each platform. This climbing concept enables lots of children to be active at once instead of standing and waiting for a turn.  Trim Trails cause queues, FreeFlow stimulates activity.

Younger/less able children can attempt to tackle the easier sections, while older or more able children can move take on the more challenging items.

While participating in fun climbing games using the FreeFlow as a focal point, key physical skills such as upper and lower body strength, balance, co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills are being improved while crossing each challenging obstacle.

Playground Surfacing

To ensure the children won’t miss a day of play on their fantastic new FreeFlow active play equipment, we laid a natural looking bonded rubber mulch safety surface.  The new surface is permeable to ensure the rainwater won’t pool or cause a muddy mess during periods of poor weather. This is important as the children can play every day!

The QUAD Area

Alongside this, the development of the main play area, Harriet wanted to change the surfacing in the EYFS quad.  This was a very tired area with varying colours of Wetpour. We agreed to lay new artificial grass to provide a nice green grass space.

This area was completed in a half term and ready to use as soon as the children return.  The area has gone from a tired looking to space to a brand new inviting play area.

If you’d like to enhance your school playground with the FreeFlow Climbing Adventure please Get in Touch. One of our Regional Managers would love to help meet you.

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