William Patten Primary School
Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0NX
Office Manager: Rita Quigley
SENDCo: Caitlin Shaw
Playgrounds and Playtimes
All playtimes are supervised by a team of teaching assistants with a first aid station available.
Nursery and Reception classes have their own outdoor play areas, directly outside the classrooms. They have opportunities throughout the day to use construction materials, participate in real-life role play and explore outdoor play equipment. Reception children also join years 1 and 2 in the small playground during lunchtime play.
Key Stage 1
Children have three playtimes every day: morning, lunch and afternoon. In the morning and at lunchtime, KS1 classes are in the small playground (adjacent to Lancell Street) and can play football on the Astroturf, explore the edible garden and bug hotels, climb and slide on the climbing frame, run across the wooden bridge and play on the waves. There is also Lego is provided in the seating area for children who want a less physical playtime that day.
Peer Supporters from year 6 volunteer to help our youngest children in their playground at lunchtime. They are supported by our wellbeing team and learn how to engage children in games and positive friendships, as well as being good role models themselves.
Key Stage 2
Children have two playtimes every day: morning and lunch. They use the larger playground with access to the Astroturf football pitch, outdoor gym equipment, table tennis, climbing frame, slide, spinning ring, basketball hoop and ace square. The ‘Calm Corner’ is set up with quieter activities such as drawing, reading, finger knitting and other crafts; for pupils wanting a quieter playtime that day. Football is rotated across year groups each week, to ensure fair access and KS2 children can also visit our amazing library space on the roof, with Jane our librarian – for a quieter lunchtime (also on a rota basis).
All children will play outdoors unless the weather is very wet so please ensure that your child wears suitable clothing for the time of year: jumpers and coats in the winter and a hat in the summer. If we do have to play inside the classrooms, pupils are supervised by teaching assistants with calm activities such as games, Lego, reading and drawing provided.
We have a group of Wellbeing Champions from Years 4, 5 and 6, who are working with Sian (MHWB Lead), Sarah (Place2be) and Lora (WAHMS). They wear hi-vis vests and are available for KS2 children to talk to and play with at lunchtime . They have great ideas for improving the playground, including introducing friendship benches, which are coming soon! They’ve also introduced ‘Spread Kindness’ awards which they present in assembly each week, to children they have spotted being kind, thoughtful and friendly in the playground.