The playground was developed along a 'Jungle' theme, including a
rope bridge, lagoon, and jungle planting. A circular outdoor teaching
area features a 'Squirm of Snakes' mosaic developed by two artists
together with pupils and teachers.
The main part of this project was carried out over the summer holidays
2003. Then, throughout the autumn term, workshops were held with the
school children, creating designs for the 'Squirm of Snakes' mosaic,
and parents and volunteers helped piecing the mosaic together and,
eventually, putting it on the ground. In addition, a 'Snakes &
Ladders' game was painted on paving slabs, also using the pupils'
Tactile paths were created using different types of pebbles, fixed
in concrete, and imprints were used to create added interest and inspire
the children's imagination.
The central feature is a 'jungle island' with exciting play features,
including a 'wobbly bridge' and a 'jungle bridge', and featuring bamboo
and other planting to emphasize the jungle feel. The play structures
are set in blue safety surface (the 'lagoon').