Red Monkey Play have a wide range of wooden outdoor classrooms; however, they have now added their latest version the “Earth Pod”. The outdoor classroom has been inspired by working with schools and nurseries and has a distinct fantasy appeal with large round front doors and round double-glazed window to ensure it is bathed in light.
Crafted from high quality timber the environment created is conducive to learning and really engages children and teachers with both very keen to use it at any opportunity. Natural, earthy and eco themes run throughout the outdoor classroom which is handmade in the Red Monkey factory using sustainable timbers and materials – the outdoor classroom is immersed in light and fully insulated. The “Earth Pod” can be used throughout the year as it retains heat in hotter months, is fully waterproof in winter, yet fresh and cool during summer.
The quirky and appealing design has proven to engage with children offering them something different to their normal learning environment, the ‘pod’ also helps retain children’s interest and concentration in lessons and discussions.
Measuring 4m long and 2.5m wide there’s plenty of space for both children and teachers. The outdoor classroom lends itself to a wide range of internal designs – it can be fitted with bench seating, a relaxing reading room or desks and chairs can be added for one-to-one or small group lessons.
As standard, the Earth Pod is finished with a natural wooden exterior, however there is an option to upgrade this to an artificial grass covering. This further increases the fantasy look and appeal which also creates a great sensory texture and with the additional electrics package (which can be added) the ‘pod’ creates the ideal sensory learning area.
Dwayne Toon, Headteacher at Rolleston Primary School said, “we absolutely love our “Earth Pod” outdoor classrooms, the first has proved such a success that we have already added a second to serve as a sensory room to be used by children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) requirements. The individual fantasy design engages children and teachers alike and we are now working with Red Monkey on an internal version because we have found children concentrate and learn much better in this different environment”.
The “Earth Pod” is competitively priced at £6895 + vat and is a very cost-effective option for increasing learning space in schools, many of which are desperate to find additional space rather than using cloakrooms and corridors.
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