This week, I had the pleasure of spending the morning at Murthly Primary School where I had been invited by Mrs McCarthy the Headteacher to come and speak to the children about plans to improve their local play area at Broompark Crescent.
The morning started off with speaking in front of the whole school at their assembly where the children told me all about what they thought of the park, what other parks they liked to play in and why and their favourite memories of being in the park. They were all excited about possible improvements and keen to give me their ideas.
After Assembly, I spent time with each of the classes. I had some flash cards to prompt discussion on their favourite types of play as it’s important to understand how they like to play before deciding what equipment would help them enjoy their time at the park. Top things to do by the Primary 1’s and 2’s were to have a tree house with a slide and things to jump over. However the Primary 3 and 4 class preferred logs and boulders to clamber over and things to climb. The older children in Primary 6 and 7 loved adventure trails, climbing and running. The children also said they would like more plants and trees.
The play area is due to be improved next year so I said I would keep in touch with the children on progress and get back to them if there were any decisions on equipment and layout we needed help with.