Right to Play
A message from Mrs Osborne (February 2021) about the importance of play:
Dear parents and carers,
We are currently offering a comprehensive remote learning offer, with various pre-recorded lessons, live sessions, guided tasks and reading activities that all contribute to a substantial amount of daily learning time. We know individuals are currently learning at different times, in different ways and we are entirely supportive of families finding a routine that prioritises their collective wellbeing.
If you tune into the media, you are likely to have heard fear inducing phrases, such as ‘lost generation’ and ‘covid gap’, that are used to describe the impact of partial school closure. While it’s true that our children will have no doubt been impacted in various ways by the pandemic – all is certainly not lost! We must focus on the true variables that enable children’s readiness for learning. Panic and fear are not it. Instead, children learn best when safe, calm, happy and interested. This can be achieved through support, compassion and gentle guidance that is consistently modelled by the adults closest to them. This does not mean never showing emotion, but it does require a willingness to try hard, embrace challenge and keep going!
Carving out time to play, is one of the easiest ways to keep children safe, calm, happy and interested. Children of all ages can benefit a huge amount from free play. Play can have a therapeutic effect and can even be a starting point for learning across the curriculum. It is so important that even the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that, ‘Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.’ (Article 31 UNCRC).
Below are links and ideas relating to the importance of play and how best to engage children of various ages in purposeful play. In line with our school vision and values, we remain incredibly committed to high educational standards. However, we are also mindful of the importance happiness plays in strengthening children’s courage to aim high, embrace challenge and seize opportunities – all of which are vital components of the learning process.
With our complete support, please structure your day to allow children time to play as part of their home learning experience. We are here to offer help and support remotely, please do not hesitate to get in touch if needed.