Merlin’s Magic Wand has teamed up with SEA LIFE Manchester and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester to redevelop the playground area at the Together Trust Inscape House School, in Cheadle, into something truly magical.
The Together Trust Inscape House School provides support and education for children and young people, aged 5-19, with autism. The school’s outdoor space was in desperate need of a refresh. Anne Price, the Head Teacher at Inscape House School said, “Our playground was really quite dull, we were in desperate need of a space where our pupils can enjoy activities and equipment, which are suitable for children with autism spectrum conditions (ASCs), who have sensory integration, sensory processing and motor challenges. When Merlin’s Magic Wand charity said they would help us, we were overjoyed.”
With a specific set of requirements Merlin’s Magic Wand and the team set about creating a new bespoke, fun filled area to captivate the imagination of the school. Investing £25k into the school’s playground, no stone was left unturned…
The new magical play area is now completely covered with artificial grass so pupils can play safely in an engaging environment. SEA LIFE banners displaying a variety of friendly sea creatures decorate the area, adding lots of colour to aid the pupils’visual engagement. To support creative play, the magical playground has been filled with the famous soft LEGO® Duplo bricks.
Children will be able to discover lots of sounds with the four music play panels that have been installed, in the schoolyard, to spark sensory development. SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester has also donated a new trampoline, rope and log course, and swing, which will be invaluable for the development of the students’ motor skills.
Commenting on the new space, Anne Price said, “The renovated area is a fantastic resource, which accommodates the sensory needs of our young people. Having a safe, engaging area that the children can use, will enhance their learning and development in such a positive way. I would like to thank everyone at Merlin who has helped to put this project together.”
Merlin’s Magical Wand is a worldwide charity for children, who arrange magical days out at Merlin Entertainments attractions, such as LEGOLAND Resorts® and SEA LIFE Centres. They believe in putting the magic back into the lives of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children.
For more information please visit www.merlinsmagicwand.org