In EYFS, teachers are incredibly adept at linking learning and play. In fact, they are skilled at knowing how to appeal to their children’s interests, how to adapt this into a variety of play situations and then how to gently guide and enable children to learn through play. Pretty much across Europe, children begin school in a play based environment, giving them opportunities to explore, try, test, discuss and learn through play before starting a more formal education. There is so much evidence to suggest that children learn and develop faster through play than through any other medium!
Many schools have started to consider whether they should introduce a daily mile into the school day. Understandably teachers are slightly concerned about adding yet another thing into an already busy curriculum. However, there are many benefits to having a Daily Mile Track which very much outweigh the negatives and concerns about time management.
A regular run will help improve focus, behaviour and concentration, will ensure that schools are tackling childhood obesity and fitness levels and will give teachers a quick and easy PE session when time is tight! There are many benefits to installing a Daily Mile Track, but here are the top 5 benefits to teachers.
In July 2017 it was announced by Justine Greene (the Education Secretary), that the Sports Premium funding for schools would be doubled for the academic year 2017 – 18. Schools are now entitled to receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil (in schools where there are 17 pupils or more) in order to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality and effectiveness of PE and sports in schools.
This funding has been available to schools since 2013, but Ofsted are now much more interested in the impact of this funding and, therefore, schools must ensure, and provide evidence, that they are using the Sports Premium in the most effective ways.
Previously, too many schools were using the funding to provide the minimum PE sessions required (including swimming) or to provide PE teaching during PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) sessions. The DfE has cracked down on this practice and has made it clear that this is not an appropriate use of the Sports Premium.
Planning your first playground project can be exciting and overwhelming in equal measures. You may have been asked by your Headteacher to come up with a proposal as part of your performance management, or you may have identified areas of the playground which need an update and are keen to take a proposal to the Head and Governors as part of your subject leadership.
No matter which route and why you are thinking of undertaking a playground project, there are so many things to think about, it can be hard to know where to begin. It can be so challenging looking at the different items available and trying to work out budgets, whether they would fit, and what the impact on learning and play would be. So, if you are planning your first playground project, here are some key areas to consider before you start!
Why We Care
Schoolscapes are a well-known manufacturer in the UK education sector for our innovative play and learning environments. As members of RoSPA, our playgrounds are designed to be fun and educational without any sacrifice to safety. Schoolscapes , based in Wadebridge, is close to the beautiful beaches of the north coast of Cornwall where many of our staff enjoy surfing and other ocean sports. Recently, we established a new partnership to promote children’s well being linked to beach safety.
Holiday visitors flock to the area every year, but many are unaware that the sea can present hidden dangers. Even playing and swimming at the edge of the surf has its risks and inexperienced swimmers and surfers can get into difficulties due to rip currents or big waves. Fortunately, beach safety is continuously under the watchful eye of the RNLI lifeguards who are supported by the many Surf Lifesaving Clubs in Cornwall and around the country’s coastline. We greatly admire what they do, and to show our support we wanted to contribute to the cause.