Blagdon School Play Project opens the doors of its new Scrapstore PlayPod® in November 2015

On the 9th of November, Bristol charity Children’s Scrapstore will supply Blagdon Primary School’ Play Project with an array of weird and wonderful resources to enhance children’s play. Waste things become play things with the help of the scrap, which is a collection of sustainable materials routinely thrown away by businesses. Children’s Scrapstore collect scrap from far and wide to fill their PlayPods with as much exciting scrap as possible, from giant flexible tubes to old tyres, netting and fabric to old telephones and chairs.

These materials encourage children of all ages to play together and build friendships whilst playing creatively. Using their imaginations to play in a more active way is proven to reduce playground disputes and has direct benefits to children’s health and mental wellbeing.

Thanks to the support from Lottery and the Blagdon Primary School PTA, funding has been gained to improve the quality and opportunities for play for children in Blagdon and surrounding villages, including Butcombe and Ubley.  This will include working with leading school improvement experts from OPAL to transform local outdoor spaces for the long term.

Over the course of the year, the scrap will be used to support Blagdon’s village events and play-led activities in the community, with ideas so far including a scrap orchestra, shelter building and puppet shows!

Children’s Scrapstore’s expert play team will also provide a training package to school staff and community youth leaders, to ensure the materials are facilitated to their maximum potential. Brand new scrap is provided six times a year, ensuring that there’s always something new to discover and explore. Over the year the Scrap will be used in play worker led activities supporting Blagdon’s Village events for the community, ideas so far include a scrap orchestra, shelter building and puppet shows!

“Playing is the most important activity children can do. Play teaches them so many skills they will rely on for their whole life including problem solving, co-operation, conflict resolution and creativity.” – Andy Rhys-Jones, Blagdon Primary School.

“We noticed that children in our village school were not getting the same creative opportunities as those in Bristol. There will be regular new and exciting workshops linked to the Pod which will offer more opportunities and inspiration to children and the wider community without people having to travel miles. We want to bring the skill, fun and variety of opportunities in art, music, drama and more to local people.” – Nicky Orr, Parent Focus Group

“Creative thinking is a life skill that increases our chances of success in the future and can feed into many career areas including design, engineering and any field of innovation.  It is also a skill essential for our future entrepreneurs.” – Dominique Moreton, Governor.

www.blagdonprimaryschool.com
www.outdoorplayandlearning.org.uk
www.childrensscrapstore.co.uk

For information about the Blagdon School Play Project please contact Dominique Moreton on 07834 382 163 or email dominique@circle-interactive.co.uk
To arrange a viewing at the school please contact Mr Rhys-Jones on 01761 462 416 or email blagdon.pri@n-somerset.gov.uk