New play area proves a winner at Blackpool primary school

Former teaching assistant Gaynor Parkinson, who worked at the school for 32 years, cuts the ribbon to officially open the area
Former teaching assistant Gaynor Parkinson, who worked at the school for 32 years, cuts the ribbon to officially open the area
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Things have got a lot more interesting for the youngest pupils at Devonshire Academy.

The Blackpool primary school, on Devonshire Road, has just opened its newly extended play area for pre-school and reception youngsters.

The new area is packed with features which support the school’s belief that the outside area is just as important as the inside and can act as “another teacher” to the young ones.

So there is a mud kitchen, a climbing frame encouraging the children to challenge themselves and a workshop with real tools where the youngsters can hammer in nails in a safe environment.

A water pump provides constant water but it is rain water, teaching the children not to waste vital resource.

The school did not want to divulge the cost of the scheme but assistant head Nicola Horabin said: “It has been a considerable investment which we made available from reserves. It’s proving popular.”