A group of East Durham College students have handmade and donated outdoor play equipment to a local primary school.

The team of nine created a wooden boat, car and bike for the Shotton Hall Primary schools’ early years play area, working on all elements of the project, from initial planning and preparation through to construction.

The group – who needed to work on a community project as part of their level two employability skills programme at the Houghall campus – chose to work with the local primary.

It took around three weeks to complete the equipment, which was then presented to pupils and staff at the primary school.

Lecturer John Murray, who assisted with the project, said “Outdoor play equipment is very expensive, so the school approached us to see if we could help with some equipment for their early years outdoor play area.

“They gave us a catalogue and the students chose a number of items to re-design and build.”

Cheryl McCoy, early years leader at Shotton Primary, added: “Imaginative play is a really important part of a child’s development and this fantastic new equipment is a great addition to the children’s outdoor play area.

“The children are absolutely thrilled with the new equipment and I’m sure it will provide them with hours of fun.”

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