Video: Beach style playground is a shore thing for Leeds children

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You wouldn’t normally expect to find pupils picking up a bucket and spade to create their own sand castles at school.

But for one group of creative youngsters all the fun of the seaside has been recreated in the heart of their playground in Leeds.

Picture James Hardisty, (JH1008/20f) Bracken Edge Primary School in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, officially opened their new �30,000 outdoor play area. Pictured Samuel Joblon, Mya Wade, and Saiveyah Sherlock, having fun in the sand.

Picture James Hardisty, (JH1008/20f) Bracken Edge Primary School in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, officially opened their new �30,000 outdoor play area. Pictured Samuel Joblon, Mya Wade, and Saiveyah Sherlock, having fun in the sand.

Pupils at Bracken Edge Primary, in Chapel Allerton, have designed their very own beach themed play area - complete with their very own beach hut den.

The Newton Road school secured £10,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund and invested a further £20,000 themselves to create a brand new outdoor play area to inspire children.

And the huge sandpit, which is designed to help pupils interact and learn how to measure, is central to their seaside sanctuary.

The new area, which was designed by pupils as part of a school project, incorporates hard wood play equipment including a climbing frame and balancing and agility equipment which will help to encourage healthy, active lifestyles.

The new play area also includes a quiet, reading area for those children who prefer to ditch their buckets and spades and pick up a book.

Councillor Jane Dowson, deputy executive member responsible for children and families, said: “I am really pleased to be opening this fantastic new play area.

“This really is an amazing transformation from what was an uninspiring and underused playground into something which will be an integral part of the school day for the pupils of Bracken Edge.

“We really want it to be stimulating environment which not only encourages the children to be active and have fun, but also a place where they can learn and develop.”

The school also runs an innovative project to encourage people to grow their own fruit and vegetables and it is going from strength to strength.

The project New Shoots, last year received a £10,000 boost for its work. And with the help of volunteers pupils and their parents have created a healthy growing garden in the school grounds.

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