Pupils’ castle design rules

Pupils at Barrow Primary have chosen a new piece of play equipment which they are now enjoying.
Pupils at Barrow Primary have chosen a new piece of play equipment which they are now enjoying.
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Pupils are kings and queens of the castle after designing a new piece of play equipment for their school.

Barrow Primary’s School Council came up with the wooden ‘Castle’ structure after receiving feedback from other children.

They designed features including a raised platform, arrow slits and climbing wall.

Ewan Grant, Year 4 project leader, said: “We noticed that we needed something to use on the playground when we couldn’t play on the field equipment if it was wet.

“We did lots of research and took a vote.”

Partly sponsored by the school’s parent group Friends of Barrow, the equipment allows for imaginative play as well as enough seating to enjoy stories or circle time.

Head Alison Earl added: “This type of project offers the perfect opportunity for the children to apply our Thinking Skills curriculum to a real-life situation.”

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