The Joy and Importance of Play - #uniquelyISB
It takes a lot to make a school great - it comes with hard work and a relentless determination to strive for excellence in academics, activities, and a strong sense of community.
All good schools will offer educational and recreational facilities and opportunities for students to excel, discover their interests and ignite a passion for learning. Truly great schools will do all that and much more - creating those unique extra touches that give students the best possible educational experience as well as lifelong happy memories of their time at school.
Time to explore #uniquelyISB number 5 - Our amazing play spaces!
ISB takes fun seriously. It is a school where play, risk, and physical challenge are just as important as classroom learning. Students have helped design three exciting play spaces, including a stream, an impressive 9m slide, and an adrenaline-boosting zip line envied by all parents. #uniquelyISB.
One of the benefits of being not-for-profit is the fact that all surplus income is invested back into the school. Everything we do is for the benefit of the students - improving learning opportunities in whatever way will serve them best - be it in technology, facilities, and even the playgrounds they enjoy their downtime in.
Learn-Through Play Parks at ISB
We told you about the development of the Panther Park back in February 2021, our Early Childhood playground full of adventure, creativity, and imagination. Our youngest Panthers were involved in the design from the very start, delivering architectural designs, models, and sketches to help the adult designers bring their dreams to life. Students will still proudly tell you about their playground many months after.
The Panther Park was quickly followed by The Sky Park, with its impressively tall play structure and zip line, and the Parkour Park, which appeals to upper Elementary and Middle Schoolers, where physical adventure is encouraged - all with the safety net of the state-of-the-art, super absorbent floor surfaces! It also appears that kids of all ages have enjoyed the playgrounds…the ISB Leadership team felt it was important to share the experience too!
Gemma, Grade 4, pictured in our poster above, racing down the zip line, explains more: ‘There are lots of different options for my friends and I to try. We like that the obstacles don’t tell us what to do - we can create challenges for ourselves at different levels. For example, someone might sit on the zip line and others (me!) might want to try standing up on it!’
Learning by Doing
Of course, at ISB, a playground isn't ever just a playground. Play is crucial to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. Students have the opportunity to interact with their environment differently, have novel experiences, rebalance their energy, and have fun along the way. Engaging, creative, and adaptable activities reinforce this learning. When we asked our young learners to participate in the design challenge, they had to use their critical thinking, creative and problem-solving skills and got to see the final result of what they could create, thus learning by doing.