Playground Rangers

The Playground Rangers are a group of P1-3 children, a few P7 leaders and Mrs Russell.  The aim of the Playground Rangers Group is to work together to improve our outdoor play experiences and our outdoor play environment. To do this we agreed to undertake these actions:

  1. Create a playground charter for all staff and children to follow
  2. Help Loose Parts Play to become embedded in our everyday experiences
  3. Monitor and respond to playground litter

These actions support our Eco Schools work.

We have been very busy. So far this year we have:

  • Discussed and agreed on playground rules and created Playground Charter posters. P7 leaders worked with small groups of P1-3 children to gather their ideas for rules before we came together to share and then vote. After voting, we decorated posters and these are now displayed in each classroom and around our playground.
  • Had opportunities to play with the Loose Parts and created a Risk Benefit Assessment based on our experiences. P1-3 enjoyed exploring and playing with the Loose Parts while P7 surveyed them. P7 asked what we liked about Loose Parts Play and what the risks could be. Using out feedback, Mrs Russell completed a Risk Benefit Assessment and we created a set of rules for keeping safe when enjoying Loose Parts Play. All teachers shared these rules with their classes.
  • Completed a litter pick and playground tidy up. We split into small group, each led by a P7 and each tidied up our chosen area of the playground. We used the litter pickers but were impressed that there wasn’t much rubbish lying around. We did find quite a lot of our playground toys that hadn’t been put away properly though.
  • Created posters to remind everyone to keep our playground tidy. We discussed some ideas and slogans which we could use and then worked on our own or with a partner to design a poster for our playground.
  • Tried out the Loose Parts Play challenge cards and safety checked the Loose Parts. P7 leaders chose a challenge card for their P1-3 group to complete. We made dens, robots and cars using the Loose Parts and had a lot of fun. Some of us didn’t know there were challenge cards so we all agreed we would tell our classmates about them. Whilst we were playing, we checked all the parts we used and if any bits were unsafe/broken we told Mr Thomson so he could safely dispose of it.

As the weather hasn’t always been in our favour, we have also enjoyed a few stories about litter and looking after our environment like Michael Recycle and we had a great session creating ‘litter bugs’ from litter and junk.

Through all of these activities, we have been learning and developing many skills; team work, communication, problem solving, creativity, leadership and risk assessing and we have all had a lot of fun too.

Well done Playground Rangers!

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