Interactive roadway engages children
CHILDREN at Blackmarston School, Herefordshire now have a very special interactive and inclusive outdoor learning space thanks to a £20,000 grant from Wooden Spoon Worcestershire.
The grant enabled The Friends of Blackmarston School to complete a £59,000 project to enhance the outdoor play area. The children are now able to have far more exciting and interactive playtimes and learn key life skills including safe crossing of roads, using the correct crossings and waiting for the green man before crossing. In addition they will also benefit from learning key skills such as cooperation, interaction with both adults and peers, physical development and control – whilst picking up skills such as learning to use scooters and ride bikes.
Children who are wheelchair or walker users are now able to be fully included in all areas of the learning space. In addition the musical aspects allow children to develop understanding of cause and effect, turn taking, listening and interacting. The wheelchair accessible bridge which includes sound effects is also great for developing physical skills and for encouraging cooperation and interaction between the children.
The opening of the interactive roadway was attended by Chris Pennell (England and Worcester Warriors), John Gibson and Laura from Wooden Spoon Worcestershire, The Lady Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Sue Boulter and other invited guests including the parents of two of our children who sadly died and for whom the roadway has been dedicated to celebrate their lives.
Claire Crump, Deputy Headteacher at Blackmarston commented; “We are absolutely delighted with our new interactive roadway and are incredibly grateful to Wooden Spoon for their very generous donation towards the project. We are now able to provide our children with a wide range of experiences which will enable them to develop road safety awareness as well as increasing their physical and social skills – all in a wonderful play environment.”
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