Playground Towers: A Crucial Element for School Curriculum PHSE Across All Ages

towers the perfect combination of fun play and learning

Early Years (EYFS):

Physical Development: Climbing, scrambling, and sliding on towers develop gross motor skills like coordination, balance, and agility. Early years towers are typically lower to the ground and incorporate softer materials for safe exploration.

Social and Emotional Development: Sharing the tower, taking turns, and cooperating to climb together foster social skills and emotional intelligence. Children learn problem-solving, communication, and empathy through play.

Sensory Development: Textures, colours, and sounds of the tower engage children’s senses and stimulate their curiosity. Climbing provides proprioceptive input, which helps with body awareness and spatial reasoning.

Key Stage 1 (KS1):

Physical Development: Towers with more challenging levels and obstacles continue to refine gross motor skills while introducing elements of risk assessment and overcoming fears. Monkey bars, rope bridges, and fireman’s poles add variety and excitement.

Cognitive Development: Planning their route, navigating the different levels, and figuring out how to reach the top stimulate children’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Communication and Language Development: Children narrate their adventures on the tower, describe their experiences, and negotiate with their peers, enriching their vocabulary and communication skills.

Key Stages 2 and 3 (KS2 and KS3):

Physical Development: Higher and more intricate towers with nets, tunnels, and zip lines provide even greater physical challenges, promoting strength, stamina, and coordination.

Social and Emotional Development: Teamwork and cooperation become crucial as children tackle challenging climbs together. They learn leadership, trust, and conflict resolution through shared play.

Risk Assessment and Resilience: Negotiating riskier elements on the tower helps children develop a healthy understanding of risk and build resilience in the face of challenges.

Secondary School:

Physical Development: Advanced climbing walls, rope courses, and even parkour elements can cater to teenagers’ need for physical challenge and adventurous play.

Social Development: Collaborative activities on the tower, like capture the flag or obstacle courses, promote teamwork, communication, and leadership skills.

Mental Wellbeing: The physical exertion and social interaction on the tower offer a welcome break from academic stress and contribute to overall mental well-being.


Beyond the Curriculum:

Playground towers are not just for PHSE lessons. They provide opportunities for:

Informal learning: Children learn about physics, engineering, and spatial relationships through play.

Creative expression: Towers can be transformed into castles, pirate ships, or alien spaceships, sparking children’s imagination and creativity.

Inclusive play: Towers with accessible features can allow children of all abilities to play and socialize together.

In conclusion, playground towers are not just equipment; they are valuable tools for fostering the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children throughout their school years. By incorporating towers into the school environment and using them creatively, educators can enhance PHSE education and create a more playful and enriching learning experience for all students.

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Commercial Play have designed inspirational towers for schools based all over the country. Some of the installations have been named after the schools where we had the pleasure to design, create and install them:


We would love to help your children achieve all of their PHSE goals this year, with our bespoke inclusive approach, we can build a bright future for them together!


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