Dudley Wood Special School
The First project Schoolscapes provided for Dudley Wood was the redevelopment of the Nursery outdoor play area, this area was already partially covered with blue wet pour, tarmac and a grass. The School was looking for a creative zone with sand and water play, mark making and painting, a roll play area and storytelling. They also asked for a cycle track. The Second project was a need for a quiet area / outdoor classroom. The Third project was for the KS2 outdoor area, the requirement was to provide an area of exercise and physical play using the grass slope The first project was achieved by installation of a story telling zone and buddy shelter to provided two areas where children can play together or alone as they wanted to these items were installed into the new artificial grass surface which was laid over the original grass in order to retain the areas natural look whilst allowing poor weather use of the area, a baby bridge linked the area to the existing blue wet pour surface to create a cycle route between the two zones, a Jungle play den was installed to provide roll and physical play, the poly paint station and giant chalk boards provided mark making opportunities and the covered sand box allowed for creative and construction play.
Fitness Trail and Pick Up Sticks Climber
The existing tarmac area had a set of new thermos-plastic line markings laid as a road way for more wheeled play. The Second Project was achieved by the installation of a 4.5m gazebo which provided seating up to 30 key stage 1 children and the surrounding area was artificially grassed to provide a soft seating surface and a natural look. The Third project was achieved by the installation of a trim trail into the grass slope c/w a resin bound wear track to allow poor weather use and a Pick up sticks six climber unit to provide a more challenging experience for the older children whilst helping them to develop spacial awareness and upper body strength through play. The projects have been developed over a three year period and have resulted in the children being able to use the three outdoor facilities for a longer term and on a more regular basis.