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Playforce

Playforce was one of the first to offer a complete, consultative approach to developing tailored playgrounds. With consultants and playgrounds in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as further afield, their award-winning designs are backed up by a reputation for being the playground supplier most likely to be recommended by schools. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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Playground equipment providers Playforce have launched a selection of new products specifically designed to help KS1 and KS2 children to develop mathematical skills outdoors. The range of equipment, which also helps pupils to develop physical skills through climbing activities, was developed in collaboration with the Wiltshire-based company’s partner schools. Playforce offer free consultations to schools looking to find innovative ways to improve learning and play opportunities in their playgrounds.

While creating their new range, Playforce designers took part in Maths lessons and observed both indoor and outdoor learning. These experiences gave the team some ideas on how teachers could bring Maths outcomes into practical applications outdoors, helping pupils to  understand some of the concepts they learn in the classroom. After in-depth feedback from the Playforce partner schools, the designers refined the designs and the new range of equipment was launched.

“Maths is such a key skill for children to learn and understand at Primary School,” said Playforce product designer David Friend. “Everyone here at Playforce uses Maths somehow in their everyday lives, from measuring playgrounds, drawing plans and calculating prices to our teams managing their time effectively and planning for the future. This is one of the reasons we wanted to create a range of equipment that helps children to understand these important mathematical concepts and have lots of fun outdoors in the fresh air while doing it!”

The fun-loving organisation’s new structures include a Climbing Cube, a Climbing Cylinder, a Triple Tunnel and Slide, and a ‘Spin, Time, Score’ Play Panel. They support learning in Geometry, Ratios and Proportions, Shape (2D and 3D), Numbers and Place Value, Fractions, Multiplication and Division, Measurement, Statistics and Algebra.

Since starting as a group of five in 1998, Playforce has grown into a team of over 50 specialists – all passionate about learning and play. They are now part of the award-winning TCL Group and have worked on over 12,000 playground projects across the UK.

Visit www.playforce.co.uk or [email protected] for more information.

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