A NEW play area is proving a hit at Kirkroyds Infant School in Wooldale.
The play area was designed by landscape architects at Kirklees Council with reception children in mind.
Head teacher Chris Wood said: "The existing outside area wasn't really suitable as there weren't enough flat areas for riding bikes and running around.
"We've now got a patio with seating, a roadway and hump-backed bridge and we can use this area to fulfil our early learning goals."
Reception teachers Amanda Thornton, Joanna Howitt and Sarah Lee use the new facilities to extend their indoor activities.
Mrs Wood said: "The children love it - we've hung pots and pans on the fencing to introduce a musical element and also numbered them to help the children with their numeracy work."
The teachers have also added coloured wind chimes and the children have planted bulbs and created a log pile so that they can study the insects and beetles that live there.
In addition to the new reception area, improvements were also made to the main playground with the help of money raised by the school's parent support group.
New benches were provided for the children to sit on and safety was improved on a pathway.
Mrs Wood said: "The children are using the playground facilities much more and getting a lot of enjoyment from it."