What Makes a Great Key Stage 2 Playground?

It is now well documented that being outside exercising, having fun and learning through play is really beneficial for children. It improves concentration for learning in the classroom, as well as encouraging children to be creative, stimulating their senses and improving behaviour and social interaction.

Risk is important! It encourages the children to take managed risks and to explore and discover their limits. Below is an example of three climbing walls I recently installed in a Key Stage 2 playground in Manchester. This challenges the children as it is 2.4m high, so high enough to be exciting.

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Areas away form the watchful eye of grown ups is good and encourages independence and creative play. This can be done with natural elements such as planting, dens etc. See an example below of a natural playground design in Liverpool.





Formal and informal seating areas are good for communal sitting and socialising, as well as providing opportunities for outside teaching. See the example below, which is a covered outdoor teaching area in Manchester and overlooks the large 1-100 playground markings which can be used creatively for outdoor lessons.


Quiet areas, where children can have time out and sit and watch are also important. See the example below of boulders, which can be used as seating as well as other games the children invent.




Physical activities that include balancing, climbing, scambling and sliding are also good.

Please take a look at our website for further information on play areas and playground design at or give Becky a ring for an informal chat about your project.