New playground part of natural order

Year 1 students Natasha Whittome, Matilda Burton and Nikita Chaba try out the new nature-based playground at the junior school. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d414994
Year 1 students Natasha Whittome, Matilda Burton and Nikita Chaba try out the new nature-based playground at the junior school. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d414994

PLC junior school head Heather Pope said the playground was designed to help students become more in touch with nature to encourage more independent and creative play.

‘The idea is we’re trying to make assessment capable students.’ Ms Pope said.

‘This means that students have to think about what they’re doing, they have to think, feel and act.’

Work on the playground, that uses recycled materials such as wood, stone and tyres, started at the end of last year.

A report by the University of WA’s Centre for Built Environment and Health stated that a natural environment for play aided children’s social development and improved focus in the classroom.