Walk to School Week: 5 Day Challenge for your Pupils!

Walk To School Week

Walk to School Week: 5 Day Challenge for your Pupils!

Walk to School Week 20-24th May 2019

Simply walking to school can bring many health benefits. Why not help your pupils to take the pledge to walk to school and join in with this country-wide celebration of walking? You can set your own ‘Walk to School’ challenges and encourage your children to come up with their own ideas to get active.

Do your pupils or school have pedometers and could they measure their steps to school? Then extend this to investigating their steps during the school day. They will be amazed at how their steps can soon add up!

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Phonics Play & Learning

Phonics Outdoors

Fresh Air Phonics! (Take Phonics Games Outside)

Daily phonics is an essential and integral part of everyday learning in a primary school, so sometimes both teachers and pupils start to feel that they are on an endless phonics treadmill. So why not revitalise your phonics sessions with a dash of fresh air and fun, by taking the children outside to play some hands-on phonics games?

We all know that day light, sunshine and the natural environment improve both pupils and staff’s well-being, so what’s not to love about taking phonics learning outside and reaping the multiple benefits at the same time as ringing in a change?

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Priority Inclusive Play – A Play Space for Everyone

Inclusive Play for Every Child

An inclusive playground is a harmonious, joyful place where all children feel at their happiest whilst having the freedom to choose how to use their free time and play together naturally. An inclusive play space is both an asset and an essential requirement for every educational environment, providing a recreational area where peoples’ differences are celebrated and where journeys of discovery and adventure are not only unhindered but enhanced.

A truly inclusive play area offers opportunities, fun and adventure for every child. Integrated playgrounds allow children with all kinds of physical, emotional and learning disabilities to take risks and meet challenges, as well as allowing wheelchair access, so no child is denied the freedom that play can offer. All children can play together in one, universal, accessible play space.

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Times are changing! Reinforce Telling the Time Outdoors

Times are changing - Time Panels

Look… No Hands!

Time is so important to every one of us… we all get the same amount of time every day, but how we use and manage our time can change the dynamics of our day. Understanding time and having good time keeping can reduce stress levels, improve work-life balance and be an essential skill in the modern world of work.

So if telling the time is such an important, everyday skill, why are our children finding it harder and harder to tell the time, especially in an analogue format?

Is it because we live in a world where time is increasingly represented in a digital format, where children do not have to think about the meaning of time? Is it because our children’s chances to see and practise telling the time with a clock with moving hands is decreasing year upon year?

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Fun Activities for Fabulous Finger Dexterity

Mud Kitchen - Messy Play

Creativity Counts!

Concerns have been raised regarding the decline in children’s finger dexterity and experts are worried that young people are losing their ability to skillfully complete practical hands-on tasks with competence.

The BBC have highlighted this as an urgent issue with their article ‘Surgery students losing dexterity to stitch patients‘ on 30th October by S. Coughlan.

Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, has stated that:

“Creativity is not just for artists. Subjects like design and technology, music, art and drama are vitally important for children to develop imagination and resourcefulness, resilience, problem-solving, team-working and technical skills.”

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