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Playtime becomes more natural

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A north Northumberland first school has unveiled its new ‘naturalistic’ play area for children aged two to five.

Wooler First School now has new play equipment for use by its younger pupils and the local pre-school.

The 140m² site already had sandpits, but now hosts a variety of features including climbing frames and a den with parasol sun-shades.

The crowning glory is an artificial stream, making use of the site’s existing slope, which children can control with a button.

Reception teacher Peter Lindley said that the benefits of the redesign, which was carried out by North East-based Infinite Playgrounds, are that the children can get lots of different skills out of it as well as ‘having a really good time with the water’.

“What we love about it is that it looks very natural,” he added.

 

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