Aberdare Grand Slam with Lee Bryne

PARK LANE School in Aberdare celebrated the opening of its Wooden Spoon Grand Slam playground recently with special guest Lee Byrne. The new area was made possible thanks to a grant of £10,000 from Wooden Spoon Wales.

Park Lane, Aberdare - project opening

Park Lane School in Aberdare celebrate their new playground and outdoor classroom, opened by Lee Byrne.

Pupils in Park Lane school have a range of needs.  They are aged from 3-19 years and have severe learning difficulties, with many having additional needs, including medical, physical, profound and communication difficulties.  The new playground area directly benefits pupils with Autism, who currently have a very small, unexciting area to play in.

Most of the pupils require experiences in a variety of ways for learning to take place, with sensory and experiential learning aiding them greatly.  The new outside play area and classroom provides an environment that is stimulating and exciting, that helps pupils to develop their learning and their skills, as well as develop an understanding of the world around them and their place within it.

Wooden Spoon cupcake - Park Lane, Aberdare

The ‘icing on the cake’ was provided by the staff who made specially designed Wooden Spoon logo cupcakes.

Through the outside classroom area pupils are able to access the continuous provision of the Foundation Phase learning, in a contained and safe area.  There is also the opportunity for exciting activities involving creative and messy play whilst appreciating the outside environment.

Pupils, teachers, parents and governors attended the launch and were entertained by the children singing before the project was formally opened by Lee Byrne who won 46 caps for Wales and toured South Africa with British & Irish Lions in 2009.

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