Playgrounds and Outdoor Classrooms
- school playgrounds
Greenstone Design takes a pedagogical design approach to school playground designs for Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC). Natural play grounds can be designed to support topics from home economics, science, geography, music, art, English, maths and history lessons. "As qualified teachers, Greenstone Design know how to create cost effective learning environments. As experienced landscape architects and designers they know how to bring your staff and student's design ideas together into a cohesive plan."
- sustainable schools
We design school playgrounds as flexible, adaptable spaces that engage and excite, prompt exploration and discovery, promote and enhance educational outcomes
Successful schools need natural play opportunities alongside outdoor learning. Our school playgrounds designers work with you to ensure the next generation do not just survive but thrive.
- outdoor classrooms
Secondary schools outdoor classrooms are creative, flexible spaces. School cafes can enhance home-school partnerships and sense of community
Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) brings the National Curriculum to life. Cross curricular learning is made easy with sensitively designed school playgrounds and outdoor classroom designs. Bricks and mortar are transformed with creative sustainable green spaces.
With appropriate outdoor classroom design the playground can be a microcosm of the natural and built environment – a huge natural teaching resource. Natural play and special needs gardens are getting a lot of attention because they can make such a difference.
Geography and biology fieldwork pre trip exercises can be completed on site with appropriately designed grounds. We will audit your grounds as they currently are and assess them against your needs. Where gaps are identified our environmental education consultants offer a student-led consultation and design service. As sustainable school grounds designers, our designs welcome community in, are inclusive , wildlife friendly, promote healthy living and healthy eating, are accessible, practical and creatively engage the disengaged.
Education outside the classroom is enhanced by natural playgrounds design. It is ideal iwhen natural play areas can be incorporated into outdoor classroom design, with edible gardens planted within and around the school sensory gardens.
Sensory gardens to engage the disengaged, low maintenance wildlife gardens, school allotments, school orchards and stimulating, natural school playgrounds can be developed in surprisingly small spaces. Even better, with an experienced playground designer, low maintenance designs for natural play areas, special needs gardens, study-height raised bed vegetable gardens, personalised playground designs for children and young people can all be easily and inexpensivelyincorporated into the design.
- design consultants
Weta hotels are placed alongside insect hotels in our science discovery playgrounds
Contact us for details on our full service consultation - design -build- project management service. We can take on every aspect of the job, from consultation to completion. We engage local craftsmen to assist our landscape teams to ensure the local economy benefits, as part of our mission to build sustainable communities by design.
- the research
The research is in, children learn better when they have inspiring landscapes for learning
700 schools and Early Childhood Education settings were surveyed after playgrounds were designed and developed as natural playgrounds and outdoor learning initiatives introduced. The research, commissioned by Learning through Landscapes (the UK national school grounds charity ) in 2003, proved that schools which invest in and improve their playground design experience significant tangible benefits such as:
• enhanced pupil behaviour (73% of respondents)
• a reduction in bullying (64% of respondents)
• improved attitudes towards learning (65% of respondents)
• better social interaction (84% of respondents)
• increased community / parental involvement (66% of respondents)
The ERA and school playgrounds
“Some years ago I would not have highlighted [natural play and Education for Sustainable Development] to the ERA for fear they would consider it a distraction from core business. Now … I am confident that our work in this area has made a direct difference to pupils’ achievement, behaviour and health and I’m therefore proud to discuss it with inspectors. … Without doubt sustainable grounds development has helped our children to develop a greater sense of care towards each other, the natural environment and the wider community… preparing [them] for the future.” - Principal
Contact us for school grounds design advice to enhance your sustainable and environmental education programme. Like most environmental and sustainable education programmes, it takes an embedded cross curricular approach to get the most out of the Enviro Schools opportunity. We can support you with teaching and learning programmes so you will see improvements in aspirations, behaviour, social skills and academic outcomes. Contact us if you would like help to turn your school into a genuine sustainable school.
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