22 September 2021 | Innovation | BY: Geveko Markings

Fun and games for Dorset school

Geveko Markings recently approached a school Yewstock with a proposal to update their old and worn playground games with new bright and colourful ones. The offer was readily taken up and the installation was planned to be completed just in time for the new school term to begin.

Yewstock School is a day community school for children with profound and multiple (PMLD), Severe (SLD), Moderate (MLD) or complex learning difficulties. Some of the children have additional sensory or physical impairments, speech and language disorders or medical needs, others within the autistic spectrum. Special consideration was then required when choosing the designs to be used, particularly when choosing colours.

Colours have psychological impact on everyone but, this can be heightened in children that are hypersensitive to colour. A wide range of games layouts were chosen for the project. Some promoted movement and activity while others were tools for learning, such as the alphabet, time and numbers – but most importantly they were all fun!

On inspection of the playground, it was found that there were several very old and worn games that would require covering in order that the new games had the full ‘wow’ factor. It was decided that the areas for the new games would be initially underpainted using PlastiRoute™ RollPlast. This would then give a clean and fresh area to work with as well as enhancing the slip resistance of the playground surface. The games were made using the preformed thermoplastic, DecoMark™. DecoMark makes it quick and easy to create a bright and stimulating spaces, the material also has anti-slip properties to reduce the risk of slippery surfaces.

With DecoMark it is also possible to achieve bespoke designs. For example, Geveko Markings were able to replicate the school logo to be used at the gate entrance to welcome the pupils and their families when entering the playground.

Geveko Markings’ experienced team all chipped in to do the application themselves, taking two days to complete. The staff at Yewstock School were thrilled with their new bright and engaging playground and couldn’t wait to see their pupil’s excitement upon seeing the transformation.