Pontefract Academies Trust invests in outdoor learning and play for primary school children


Children and staff at De Lacy Pontefract Primary School can now enjoy state-of-the-art playground equipment, which includes planting areas, den-making devices and multi-coloured textured flooring for help awaken the senses and encourage creative play.

The investment was made by Pontefract Academies Trust who told the Express: “The brand new areas also have an outdoor stage for performances, water play equipment designed to help build problem-solving skills as well as nesting boxes for birds and ladybugs to study their local natural environment. and wildlife.

“The school spaces were created to help children explore and discover, as well as to stimulate their imagination and creativity.”

Pupils and teachers can use the outdoor areas, either for fun or for learning, at De Lacy Primary School in Pontefract

The project has been designed primarily for early years pupils aged three to five by award-winning educational playground specialists ESP Play, but staff say it will benefit the whole school community for years to come. coming.

James Parkinson, Principal of De Lacy Primary School, said: “Our outdoor provision can provide opportunities for pupils to explore and develop their independence by accessing different areas of the early years curriculum through the fantastic offer which is now in place.”

Andrew Wood, Managing Director of ESP Play, said: “We are extremely proud to work with Pontefract Academies Trust and delighted with the end result. As a company, we have worked with schools across the UK and believe our equipment helps make youngsters more physically active, confident, healthy and driven to succeed.

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Some of the new outdoor play devices being built at De Lacy Primary School in Pontefract
Children from De Lacy Primary School, Pontefract, enjoying their new outdoor play area
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