School Playground Equipment and Outdoor Classrooms

Physical activity on school playgrounds - the key to good health and better learning and attendance in schools

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day. But far too many children in the United States are nowhere near that.

Most children attend school daily, creating a wide window of opportunity to help provide them with access to being physically active, and in turn, improve their health and overall well being.

This school in Scotland created a playground to promote physical activity in the school's student. Watch below to learn about what they were able to achieve.

KOMPAN Play Institute offer 10 tips to designing active school playgrounds

 KOMPAN Play Institute Manager, Jeanette Fich Jespersen shares 10 tips to when choosing playground equipment that promotes physical activity in school children. 

 

 

Why school children love our KOMPAN  playgrounds

Well-designed play areas are like outdoor classrooms that help children’s social and physical development. Playground equipment that offers innovative and exciting designs can increase this benefit by inspiring children’s imaginations even more.

KOMPAN provides a wide range of products including climbing frames, sports equipment, and outdoor play equipment that guarantees safety and top quality at a great value while also being inclusive for all abilities and school ages.

A KOMPAN school playground is a healthy investment in learning and child health and will help your school:

 

  • Increase student attendance 
  • Create an attractive school environment
  • Raise attainment
  • Boost academic achievements
  • Improve student attention

Primary

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We have been working with primary schools to help boost attendance, attention and attainment by installing unique and engaging playground equipment. Our primary school playground solutions offer challenging and creative learning through play to boost curriculum outcomes. 

Secondary school

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At KOMPAN we have proven that the right outdoor opportunities, designed in the right way, are still a well-rounded way for secondary school children to hang out together and be active while being social. We offer unique play and sports solutions specifically aimed at this age group. 

Colleges & Universities

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Whether you are looking for a a great multi use games area, trendy parcour and street workout equipment or good quality fitness equipment for outdoor training, our product range for colleges and universities is sure to help you create a popular and functional area for being active and for learning. 

50 years experience creating playground equipment for schools

After having helped thousands of schools get the most out of their outdoor space, we understand that every area has unique requirements. That's why we offer customized outdoor play equipment for schools that meet your needs while respecting your budget.

Our multifaceted team of play consultants, landscape designers, and other experts work together to follow a specially developed KOMPAN playground planning process that will provide you with a playground plan tailored to your specific needs.

Multiple experts, including your local KOMPAN consultant along with our design team examine how the school playground equipment will support your students, curriculum, space, surroundings, and activities.

The finished result is a completely original, custom-designed playground solution that provides the greatest possible value for the school, the outdoor space, and the students.






Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor classrooms help create more space for teaching and more social distance between your pupils. 

Learn more in our 13 tips on How to Create an Outdoor Classroom  

  • 1.The outdoor learning site should have a gathering space for students to listen to instructors (seating with whiteboards), as well as active learning stations for students to do hands-on activities (tables) these spaces can be thought of and designed as ‘rooms’ within the overall outdoor space, and should always be in clear sight of the teacher/instructor
  • 2.The outdoor learning space should not look the same as the indoor learning space – instead of square or rectangular spaces, think circles and ovals
  • 3.The outdoor learning site should be designed for access and inclusion for persons using assistive devices – make sure that seating areas and tables have pathways wide enough for students using wheelchairs or walking frames
  • 4.The site of the outdoor learning should not be far from toilets/wash stations and first aid
  • 5.There should be clear boundaries to the outdoor learning site, and a designated whole group meeting point in case of emergency
  • 6.Teachers and supervisors should have clear sightlines to supervise their groups at all times
  • 7.The site of the outdoor learning should have electricity, wifi and phone access
  • 8.The outdoor learning site should maximize opportunities for students to engage with natural elements and learn from nature (trees plants, water, gardens)
  • 9.Where students are working with tablets and computers, there will need to be protections from glare
  • 10.Consider the thermal comfort of students and teachers – this will vary with climate and time of year, but could mean a need for shade or a need for heating/blankets
  • 11.The outdoor learning site will need space for dry storage
  • 12.The outdoor learning site will need space for display of work
  • 13.The outdoor learning site will need a space for or access to sheltering from rain or snow

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