AN ‘engaging’ outdoor community play area has been built at Lower Peover Primary School thanks to a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery.

The school was awarded the Awards for All grant from the National Lottery as well as £5,000 from school governors, £2,000 from school trustees, and £1,000 from friends of Lower Peover School.

The new outdoor play area was introduced as part of a wider project that ran throughout the summer holidays at the school, which promoted healthy lifestyles through active learning.

Nicola Kelting, chair of Friends of Lower Peover School, said: “The project was a great success involving children aged four to 11 from more than five different primary schools in the area.

“Active learning aimed to help primary-aged children develop new skills of play, co-ordination, agility and allowed children to explore and investigate how our bodies digest food and discover the different parts of plants that we eat.

“The Awards for All lottery funding covered the costs for 80 free one-day places. Active learning sessions that took place during the summer camp of DR Coaching at Lower Peover Primary School.

“Children were actively encouraged to make sugar swaps, for example, fruit instead of cake which give us all the benefits of eating food with more vitamins, minerals and fibre to contribute to healthier immune and digestive systems and contain no refined sugar and so are better for our teeth and our waist line.”

The main feedback from the children about the active learning was that it was ‘fun, good, amazing, happy, super, fruity, and brilliant’. Many parents gave feedback that their children were encouraging other family members to make sugar swaps, asking for fruit for pudding and even saying ‘no’ to chocolate cake.

Parents were invited to find out what the children had been up to, discuss their active learning and help their children further develop their understanding of how we can all lead healthier lifestyles.

The overarching aim of the project was to contribute towards creating a healthier more active society and in doing reduce national incidence of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The end of project BBQ involved children making their own burgers, vegetable and fruit kebabs.

The Play Area is open to all children and parents in the Lower Peover local community and surrounding areas for use in extra-curricular school time and can be accessed for wider community use during evenings and weekends.

To arrange to use facilities by a community group, email admin@lowerpeover.cheshire.sch.uk, or call 01625 383292.