“Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school.
"Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don't cause bedlam, the principal says.
“The school is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing.”
“Mudslides, skateboarding, bullrush and tree climbing kept the children so occupied the school no longer needed a timeout area or as many teachers on patrol.
“Instead of a playground, children used their imagination to play in a ‘loose parts pit’ which contained junk such as wood, tyres and an old fire hose.”