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Pirates take over school’s new playground

Published on 05/11/15

A £85,000 new playground and outside learning area at a Gorleston primary school was at risk before it even opened - from pirates!

The nautical-themed play area at Stradbroke Primary Academy was completed ready for pupils to use for the first time when they returned from half term on Monday, November 2.

But the school teamed up with Great Yarmouth’s Time & Tide Museum to give the pupils an unveiling with a difference, with ‘pirates’ from the museum sequestering the shipwreck-shaped play area.

The pupils had to ‘battle’ with the pirates to win it back, and also to reclaim their principal Stephen Astley, who had been taken pirate prisoner.

The event kicked off a week-long partnership with the museum, including the whole school visiting the museum in the following days.

The changes to play areas also include a completely reorganised rear playground with a new mixed play and education area, doubling the existing outdoor space for Reception children, as well as an improved nature and vegetable area.

“We're delighted with our academic results but we want to develop the whole child, including social and sporting skills, so I’m very excited about the new play areas, particularly for our Reception and Key Stage 1 children,” said Mr Astley.

“The new areas will be a great way for pupils to blow off steam and have fun, but they have also been designed to challenge the children to use problem solving and social skills, ensuring they have a full range of opportunities to explore and develop.”