A well-designed schoolyard reflects a range of outcomes for students. It can promote kids either working as a group or choosing a setting that best suits how they want to engage with one another. This may include:
The images below show designs for several schools that integrate ideas for nurturing social activity.
Before: Our design team identified an underused portion of the Powel School schoolyard as an opportunity for students to engage with one another.
Creative play: This rendering for the Powel School design shows a painted maze (in yellow) and an old tree well (far right) to create a small stage.
Play zones: This cross-section drawing of play spaces at Nebinger School reflects how the landscape lends itself to a variety of social activities.
Art enrichment: Greenfield School students were part of a group effort that designed and installed this mosaic in the schoolyard.
When planning and designing a schoolyard that will encourage social activities, consider these elements: