Canopies UK have launched a national campaign to get primary school children outside with a new project under the name Operation Playground.
The aim of Operation Playground is to get children working together in teams both inside and outside the classroom to create their own fun, enjoyable and safe playground game. To help deliver this, a pack has been created especially for teachers containing five exciting lesson plans and activities along with explanatory notes of how each one ties in with the objectives set out by the National Curriculum at a Key Stage 2 level.
All schools that submit their best-designed game by their pupils to Canopies UK will receive a personalised certificate for taking part as a memento. But on top of this, all schools will be entered into a competition with the overall best entry from all schools winning an outdoor canopy worth £10,000.
Elaine Morris, Managing Director of Canopies UK, said: Schools are often looking for ways to enhance their pupils experiences whilst at school by improving the facilities that they offer.
We feel that it is vital for children to spend as much time outdoors as possible and this competition combines something fun and different for children in the classroom with an alternative way for teachers to meet with the objectives in the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2.
Aside from this, we recognise the hard work done by schools and the important roles they play in our community. Teachers spend a lot of time outside of work planning lessons so this offered an opportunity to give something to them to help lessen their load, as well as give something back to one lucky school with a free canopy.
Games children create can be adapted from an existing game or based completely on new rules. The lesson plans look at the importance of rules, what makes a safe and enjoyable game and gets children to discuss ideas, review their game and identify how it can be made better. This encourages children to build skills in key areas such as written and spoken English, Mathematics (if the game involves scoring or counting) and Physical Education, as well as key interpersonal skills.
Schools can then take part in the competition by putting as brief or detailed overview of their participation in Operation Playground on their website and then by sending details about their game including rules, any supporting images/video to Canopies UK.
And the school judged to have the best entry will win a free canopy for their school, along with design and manufacturing, installation and post-installation support from the company with an overall value of £10,000.
Elaine continued: Research has shown in the past that small amounts of physical activities can help stimulate children into paying attention more in classroom and so we thought this would be something different to help encourage that.
We have worked with teachers who are already working in schools to help guide us in the project and we think this is an enjoyable activity for the whole classroom, and wider school, to participate in.
We hope that this is something that children can feel really proud of by representing their school and we are really looking forward to seeing just how creative and imaginative they can be.
Full instructions on how to enter the competition can be found on the Canopies UK website at https://www.canopiesuk.co.uk/education/playground/, where the teaching pack, resources and instructions are ready to download.