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7 Areas Of Learning

7 area's of learning

The Seven Areas of Learning are made up of three prime areas - Physical Development, Communication and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, with the four targeted areas being; Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Literacy and Mathematics. To ensure children get the most out of their outdoor learning experience, it is important to consider all of these areas when designing areas and choosing appropriate equipment.

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Storytelling Chair & Grass Top Seats
Storytelling Chair & Grass Top Seats

Learning through play provides children with opportunities to enhance their communication

skills in various situations. The Storytelling Set enables children to participate in storytelling, refine their narrative skills, explore new vocabulary, and strengthen their listening abilities by engaging in story sessions.

Stage & Wooden Benches
Stage & Wooden Benches

Engaging in imaginative and role play activities such as Stages fosters children’s interaction with peers, prompting them to coordinate and organise by making up performances to show to teachers, friends and family.


Trim Trail
Trim Trail
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Enhancing core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, coordination, and agility is of utmost importance for children. This can be accomplished by nurturing their gross and fine motor skills, encompassing activities that range from dynamic movements like kicking and jumping to precise tasks such as gripping writing utensils.

Climbing and balancing activities using structures like Clamber Stacks, Towers, Play Boats, and Trim Trail Equipment assist children in developing their strength and agility.

Design of Clamber Stacks

When catering to the Early Years, a Clamber Stack with a low-level design such as the Piccolo or Sorella is a great option. These designs are specifically tailored for young children aged 4+ offering a safe and engaging play experience.


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Personal, Social and Emotional

Facilitating the development of self-confidence in children, both in themselves and in their interactions with peers and adults, is crucial. This can be achieved by creating ample opportunities for them to cultivate friendships, learn conflict resolution, and effectively manage their own needs.

Buddy Bench - Recycled Plastic
Buddy Bench - Recycled Plastic

Our Buddy Bench offers the chance for children to relax and connect with other students during playtime, fostering their personal, social, and emotional development. By providing a designated area for children to sit and signal their desire for companionship, the Buddy Bench encourages inclusivity and empathy. It serves as a beacon, inviting classmates to engage in conversations, form new friendships, and support each other.

Children tidying and playing within an Activity Shed
Activity Shed

Developing independence

Offering children a dedicated space, like the Activity Shed, to store their outdoor equipment fosters their autonomy and decision-making skills. By granting them the ability to access their belongings independently, it encourages them to take responsibility for their items and make organised choices. Having designated storage areas also instils a sense of tidiness and respect for shared spaces, allowing children to develop a strong sense of responsibility and contribute to a harmonious and cooperative community.


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Understanding the World

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Promoting children's exploration and comprehension of the world around them can be facilitated by offering engaging role play equipment that mimics familiar settings and activities from their daily lives.

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Mud Kitchen Set

Our Mud Kitchen Set and Construction Range, for instance, allow children to replicate and imitate what they have observed, enhancing their understanding of real-world scenarios. By providing these tools, we encourage imaginative play, problem-solving skills, and a deepened connection to their environment.

The incorporation of nature play enables children to learn about more natural environments.

Design of school playground planters

Through Planters, children can engage in the life cycle of a plant by witnessing their growth

and development. This hands-on experience instils curiosity and responsibility as they care for the plants, increasing their understanding of the effort required for their nurturing. Additionally, the Bug Hotel, Wormery and Art Farm serves as a habitat, granting children the chance to explore and learn about different species and the importance of biodiversity.


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Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy and numeracy are foundational skills that play a crucial role in a child's development across all areas of learning.

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Our wide range of creative materials supports the development of both literacy and numeracy skills in children. Through activities focused on letter formation, sentence writing, spelling, punctuation, and grammar practice, we foster literacy growth. Similarly, our resources provide opportunities for children to practice number writing, sequencing, and solving mathematical problems, promoting numeracy development. By utilising these materials, children can enhance their abilities in both literacy and numeracy, setting a strong foundation for their learning journey.

British Sign Language playground Activity Panel
UK Sign Language Panel

Activity Panels can also develop literacy and numeracy skills such as our Times Table and Abacus Panels. Our UK Sign Language Panel is also one to consider now that British Sign Language is being welcomed into the classroom as a subject.

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Expressive Arts and Design

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Musical instruments inspire children to explore and create music using various instruments, promoting their engagement in singing, listening, and discussing music.

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Rainbow Trio Ensemble

The usage of instrument ensembles, such as the Rainbow Trio Ensemble or Soprano Quartet Ensemble, enables children to collaboratively compose songs and participate in group performances, fostering a sense of teamwork and musical expression within them.

Creative playground station, Whiteboard, Chalkboard & Transparent Painting wooden stands
Creative Trio - Whiteboard, Chalkboard & Transparent Painting Station

Expressing their emotions and feelings through artistic representation is a valuable aspect of children's development. Creative Stations provide children with the opportunity to explore various materials and create unique pictures. Through this process, they can experiment with colours, including the mixing of different paints, which aids in their understanding of primary and secondary colours. By engaging in these activities, children not only foster their creativity but also enhance their emotional expression and gain a deeper comprehension of colour.

Contact Us

At The Playground Company, we understand the importance of providing children with engaging outdoor learning experiences that encompass all seven areas of learning. Our wide range of equipment and play structures are specifically designed to enhance the development of children in all areas of learning. Contact us today for a free quote and design.

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