The Outdoor/Health/Positive playground Committee’s aim is to make better use of the outside space in our playground to benefit our pupils and keep everyone healthy and happy. During meetings, the Positive Playground Committee discussed creating a more positive outdoor space. The Health/Outdoor committee discussed how to involve all pupils in a variety of physical games and activities.
This year our pupils in the Health/Outdoor Committee took responsibility for creating two obstacle courses throughout the year, for all stages. They used old pipes, logs and the SNUG equipment. In order to do this, they wrote letters to parents to ask for donations of wood, pipes etc, and in return received enough to create their exciting obstacle courses. Pupils sanded the donated wood and pipes to ensure they were safe to be used. The obstacle courses were set up in the MUGA and suited all ability levels so ensuring everyone was included and had fun.
The loose parts gathered by this committee are available during morning break and lunch break. Pupils have great fun being creative.
The Positive Playground Committee collected and recycled plastic bottles by using the bases. The bases of the bottles were shaped to be flowers and coloured in with permanent markers. We tied the bottle flowers to the fence in the playground to make it colourful and bright. The Positive Playground Committee assumed the role of ‘Playground Pals’, to help encourage inclusion and kindness. Their main role was to ensure everyone had someone to play with and to help them play games. The pupils have created ‘positive posters’ for pupils to try and make new friends. The posters say, ‘Play a game with someone new’, ‘Smile at someone’, etc.
The Outdoor/Health/Positive playground Committee loves having a voice and sharing their ideas, especially when improvements are made to benefit our pupils.
Our work is based on UNCRC Article 31
“We have the right to play and rest.”