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Early Years Playground

at St Leos and Southmead Catholic Primary School


This is a very important voluntary undertaking to improve the Reception Class playground facilities of St Leos and Southmead Primary School. The aim was to produce large artworks for the fencing around the edges of the playground. To bring colour and fun to the underdeveloped space.

We were extremely pleased to have gained the support of two major companies who supplied materials and equipment for this project. The Bell Group who are one of the largest UK contract painters and decorators, and Travis Perkins the well known timber and builders merchant. Also a local company called Klassik Builders, brought their team to build a new wooden stage and replace the boards.

bell group blank travis perkins blank klassik-builders

Firstly we started working closely with the teachers to produce a range of ideas to be painted with various designs and interactive elements that link directly with the children's curriculum.

reception boards

Early stage where the damaged boards are marked for replacement with new wood from Travis Perkins, and other boards prepared with white undercoat paint.

painting butterfly

Here is the same view as in image one, showing the finished panels and boards with references to the books the children read from the curriculum.

alien underpants
New stage area ready for grand opening and thankyou song.

The Wendy house has new roofing and becomes a shop or fire station. The shed has a makeover, turning it into a beach hut by a tropical island.


The reception children sing their thankyou song and have a well earned cake and juice.


All the sponsors recieved a special handmade thankyou card.


Robot family and the outdoor art gallery.


We designed three specially printed vinyl banners to show the range of topics covered in the curriculum under the title of "Our World".


Even the floor has a new hop-scotch number game.


The Hungry Caterpillar bursts into colour from behind the trees.


View of top corner of playground showing before and after the boards were painted.



Catherine Jackson  
Well done Artfourdesign, amazing work and excellent interview on BBC Radio Merseyside! How cute do all the kids look?! #proud
Becky Law  
They've done so well, looks so much better! Xxx

Jean Connell  
Well done David and Pat it looks great. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Michelle Slater  
A MASSIVE well done and thank you to all involved what an amazing learning space for the children. xxx  
What an excellent transformation you have really made a 'world of magination' We loved Olivias debut on the radio. xxxx

Judith Davies  
Love your playground project, really great x