Friday, 22 June 2012

History in the Playground

I  really love it when schools are able to retain elements of the past in their school sites, instead of just clearing everything, as so many do!


I visited a primary school recently where part of the playground had originally been 'inside' a factory.  When they cleared the site, they left the old mill stones to become part of the external environment.  With the intelligent decision to put shade over them they have become a quiet seating area, a performance space for drama and music and a play areas for students to use their imagination.


Equally important is that you have old local artefacts as unique permanent teaching resources for local history lessons and so much more.  It's excellent!


External spaces are becoming more and more important.  It's features like this that a make them more interesting as well.  

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