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Scrapstore PlayPod up and running at Wheatfield Primary School

Posted on Friday 28th December 2012 at 4:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of the Scrapstore PlayPod at Wheatfield Primary School.

Pupils at Bradley Stoke’s Wheatfield Primary School recently celebrated the official opening of a Scrapstore PlayPod in their playground.

Operating under the motto “making wastethings playthings”, PlayPod  is a holistic process that works with the entire school community to change both the human and physical play environment, transforming play at lunchtimes.

The purpose built, walk-in structure contains a vast collection of materials and objects that businesses routinely throw away, from giant flexible tubes, crates and netting to unwanted phones, keyboards, packaging and workwear.

Scrapstore PlayPods have been shown to transform children’s daily experiences at school by encouraging them to play together across age and friendship groups and to take and assess risk for themselves. PlayPods have also reduced the level of playground disputes, which means teachers spend less time in the classroom dealing with issues after the lunchtime break and that children return to the classroom energised and ready to learn.

The Friends of Wheatfield Primary School raised £15,000 to set up the PlayPod. As well as providing the PlayPod structure, the money also funded a programme of training for lunchtime supervisors and ongoing support from the Scrapstore PlayPod organisation.

Jeff Hill, Children’s Scrapstore Chief Executive, said:

“We’re delighted to see the PlayPod being so well received at Wheatfield Primary School. We’re now receiving enquiries for PlayPods from across the South West region. They can make a real difference to life at school. Children enjoy playing with the waste items and headteachers report that children are happier and more ready to learn after a ‘PlayPod lunchtime’, with significant improvements in reported behaviour.”

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