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Haverhill school increases break-time creativity thanks to Scrapstore PlayPod

A recycling scheme with a difference has been unveiled at a Haverhill primary school in a bid to increase activity in the playground.

Coupals Primary Academy have signed up to the Scrapstore PlayPod scheme which sees a container full of recycled items available to pupils outside of the classroom.

Everything from crutches to cardboard tubes and old computers are included in the container which is opened up to all age groups at lunchtime.

The Scrapstore PlayPod in use at Coupals Primary Academy. Picture by Gooderham PR
The Scrapstore PlayPod in use at Coupals Primary Academy. Picture by Gooderham PR

David Maguire, headteacher at Coupals Primary Academy, said: “I had seen the playpod in a school in Essex and I thought it was fantastic and ideal for our school.

“We have already seen pupils of all ages play and engage together.

“This has added more structure to their lunchtimes and also made a positive impact to their learning in the afternoons.”

Dan Mitchell, play development officer from Cambridge City Council, which installed the playpod, said: “This scheme is really inclusive and great fun as well as helping to build confidence and working together.

“We are delighted to have Coupals Primary Academy signed up to the scheme.”

The containers are regularly updated with new items while staff at Coupals have received training to ensure safe play.

The Scrapstore PlayPod grew out of a research project in Bristol in 2007 that wanted to address the need for high quality, freely chosen, child directed play opportunities in primary schools.

Since then 350 Scrapstore PlayPods have been installed across the UK.

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