The Independent London Newspaper


Hopscotch and ball games as children reclaim the streets

Having a ball

Having a ball: Above and below, pupils in the street. Pictures: Storm Davison

 Above and below, pupils in the street

Published: 1 July, 2016

CHILDREN took control of a street in Barnsbury to draw pictures, play ball games and hopscotch and create giant bubble wands on Friday. 

Thornhill Primary School staged the first of three “play street” events, organised with the Town Hall, at a section of Lofting Road. 

Pupils drew with chalk on the pavement, decorated posters, explored an impromptu adventure playground provided by Islington Play Association and created their own crafts with scrap cardboard boxes, scissors and glue, before enjoying cake and ice lollies.

Headteacher Jenny Lewis said: “I love Play Streets and have first-hand experience of the benefits it brings to children, families and the whole community. It’s an amazing social event for engaging all members of the school and community.”


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