Endless Play, Endless Fun, Endless Benefits!

Endless Play, Endless Fun, Endless Benefits!

Encouraging play supports every aspect of a child’s growth and development, from baby to adult; even adults love to play when they allow themselves the freedom to do so!  So we could say play plays an important role in life from birth to death! Poet Pablo Neruda once wrote,

“A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn’t play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.”

Play helps to build new language, physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. Different stages and types of play have different roles in child development.

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Amazing Maths Mastery and Fearless Maths Fluency

Maths Mastery

Mathematics Mastery is an approach to mathematics teaching and learning which is based on learners developing mastery and in-depth understanding of maths principles at their level of understanding; children are expected to achieve a high level of competence and demonstrate mastery of a maths concept, before progressing onto the next level.

The Maths Mastery approach originates from high performing Asian nations such as Singapore. It aims to enable children to develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning, so they are equipped to solve non-routine maths problems.

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A Recipe for Perfect Imaginative Play

Perfect Imaginative Play

Take some learners… add a dash of play, a splash more of play and then add a big dollop of, guess what?… play. What have you got? Happy, well-adjusted children!

What is Socio-dramatic Play?

Early Years practitioners understand the importance of play and are used to developing a balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities. Play allows children to learn about life and practise life skills in a safe environment; they can learn about life and all its intricacies through creative, imaginative role play. It allows children to develop their social and emotional capabilities whilst learning about themselves, others and the connections between their actions and the consequences.

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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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