Fostering Positive Learning Attitudes Through Effective Playtime

Fostering Positive Learning Attitudes Through Effective Playtime

Time is precious. This saying is especially true within primary schools. For the children, their time in primary school is relatively short; the memories that they make are vivid and long lasting and the lessons they learn are the building blocks of their lives within education.

For teachers, there is a lot to teach in the little time that they have with their pupils. Break times and lunch times are a vital time for pupils to have a change of scene, recharge and come back to class energised for the learning that will follow.

All educators understand that negative encounters experienced over break times can have a huge impact on children’s attitudes and therefore on the quality and effectiveness of learning taking place in the classroom.

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How Wood Primary School

How Wood Primary School Fitness Trail

Fitness Trail and Outdoor Classroom

How Wood Primary School and Nursery had some old equipment which didn’t meet the needs of the children. Because the school was tight on space at break-times we found a new location away from the tarmac on the field; this hadn’t been considered before, due to the need to have access to the equipment all year around. The school went for grant funding to try increasing the amount they had to spend from the PTA budget and to enable them to incorporate an outdoor classroom.

The Headteacher, Business Manager and PTA worked together to select the equipment and ensure it was suitable for the whole school with the upper body, core strength and balance being a priority. The school wanted the outdoor classroom to be sufficiently open in order to make it easy to supervise, as well as using it as a place to view sports activities from.

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Downham Feoffees Primary School

Downham Feoffees Primary School

Downham Feoffees School awarded £10,000 Lottery Grant

Downham Feoffees Primary School, Little Downham, Teachers Leaving Left: Cathy Hales, Teacher Jenny Maynard, Headteacher Michelle Siequien, Picture: Steve Williams.

Pupils tucked into a picnic to mark the end of the school year, and also to celebrate the opening of £10,000 worth of new playground equipment. They also bid a fond farewell to three members of staff.

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