PLAYTIME at Penketh South Primary School just got a whole lot more fun after the renovation of its playground and Early Years outdoor space.
New features include a sensory pathway, climbing wall, bug hotel and an undercover reading corner as well as an investigation station complete with magnifying glasses.
Angela Grace, Headteacher said: “It has been lovely to watch the children’s excitement grow as the project has developed”
“The opportunities now available to the children are fabulous and we feel so grateful for the money that has been invested into the playground.”
Most of the improvements have been funded by The Challenge Academy Trust, of which Penketh South Primary has been a member since its formation in 2017.
Grants were received from Thomas Cook, Ernest Cook, The Lottery, Gregg’s and Tesco. Teachers and pupils also raised some funds.
E.den Play were commissioned to design the new playground with a brief of banishing the grey concrete and bright plastics to create a natural play environment.
Mari Dyson of E.den Play said: “We introduced a wide range of structures, all designed to maximise learning opportunities for the children at this crucial stage in their development,”
“It was so rewarding to see the children’s delighted, smiling faces. Their eagerness to try it all out right away confirmed that it’s a big hit.”
Penketh South’s new playground also includes a working pump that children can use to draw water into a stream that runs under a bridge.
There’s also a tunnel, a wormery, messy play spot and a space to encourage roleplay as well as an extension to the Pirate Ship.