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Junior School Playground

The area was exclusively given over to a large, dated fort that was not suitable for use by the junior school children. The school operates a play based learning environmnet programme for the junior children. They wanted to enhance the opportunities for social interactions and experiential play. The school recognises the importance of play based learning.

The junior children were consulted on what they would like to see in the new playground. They were keen to have water and areas to use materials to build. The new playground was adjacent to the existing sandpit so that this was integrated into the new design. The reuse of a tunnel and climbing bars from the old fort, and the addition of a slide, gave a balance of physical challenge and the opportunities to build with repurposed materials and explore the natural aspects of the river, water course and gardens. A mud kitchen, large enough for at least eight children to use at any one time, is beside the sandpit and has access to water. Once trees are established there will be a good amount of natural shade.

Macrocarpa Seat and crushed lime pathway:

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

Hardwood Steps leading to slide platform: 

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

Herb garden in foreground. The wooden tunnel was repurposed from the old structure:

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

Mud kitchen in background: 

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

Double slide on hill: 

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

Copper water race in action:

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

Water course. A small outlet for the water allows the water to build up for more enjoyable play:

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

Water Course with deck in background. Different levels and branches allow children to play more creatively: 

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

The climbing bars on the right were repurposed from old structure:

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

River can be seen just beyond the flagpole:

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

Deluxe mud kitchen with two levels and lockable cupboard:

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

River supplied by tap:

Compass Playgrounds Dannevirke Primary Junior Play Area

 

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