AMV Playground Solutions was approached by a teacher at a Warwickshire infant school and invited to design an age appropriate activity trail for Key Stage 1 children, along with suitable safety surfacing.
The particular area at Glendale Infant School, in Nuneaton, had an existing rubber tyre play park installed, around which the new trim trail needed to be fitted.
Due to it being an infant school, with children ranging in age from 4 – 7 years, consideration had to also be given to which equipment would be most suitable.
A thorough site survey and detailed conversation with the early years teacher was carried out by AMVs’ experienced technical field sales adviser – this was to discuss the outcomes they wished to achieve for the project.
Soon after, a scaled plan view layout drawing was created, along with a 3D render of the proposed solution for the school and the children to give feedback on.
Both parties were delighted with the idea AMV presented and the proposal also fitted within the schools’ available budget.
Subtle redesign work and bespoke manufacturing was included in the project price, in order to customise standard AMV trim trail items with reduced heights.
This was designed to better suit Key Stage 1 aged children in terms of ergonomics and safe use, whilst still providing a satisfactory level of physical challenge and enjoyment.
– Eco-rubber safety surfacing installed throughout the entire play area
– Stepping Stones
– Swinging Traverse
– Stilt Weaving Posts
– Balance Beam
– Vertical Scramble Net
– Clear Traverse Wall
The newly installed activity trim trail has proved an instant success with the children at Glendale Infant School, as they explore their reinvented outdoor play space.
The variety of carefully selected age appropriate and ‘to scale’ equipment on offer has encouraged the children to individually explore the challenges and opportunities it presents to play and socialise.
Teacher Lisa Greer commented: “We chose AMV because we wanted to purchase an activity trail made from steel as opposed to timber. Our Headteacher had purchased a timber one at their old school and experienced a number of issues, including costly ongoing maintenance and eventually the equipment rotting and becoming unsafe for children to use.
“The children are a lot more keen to play outside now and are engaging in lots of enthusiastic physical play. From a development point of view the equipment is allowing us to identify which children are more challenged by certain apparatus and activities.
“Another nice benefit is that the pupils are learning how to cooperate and be patient, by taking turns.”
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