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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Go Mad for Gardening!

Go Mad For Gardening

10 Simple Gardening Ideas to Inspire Busy Little Green Fingers

National Children’s Gardening Week 29th April– 5th May 2019

With National Children’s Gardening Week on the horizon, here are a few simple, green ideas to get your children inspired in the garden, whether at home with family or at school. Kids love gardening and getting close to nature and children will never complain about getting involved in a growing project or fail to be captivated by the changes from a tiny seed to a full grown plant!

May is a great time for children to get garden projects underway as they will see quick results as the weather hopefully starts to improve and gets warmer! So here are a few ideas to capture their enthusiasm and to celebrate the fun and enjoyment that gardening can bring.

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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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Make Sense of Sensory Learning!

Make Sense of Sensory Learning

Children learn to make sense of the world around them, through using their own 5 senses from the minute they start to develop, even whilst safely tucked away inside their mother at the beginning of their life’s journey. So it makes perfect sense to carry on providing opportunities for children to learn through sensory stimulation as they continue to explore, change and grow in an exciting and ever-changing world.

What’s more, the majority of children love to use their senses both to learn and discover new concepts, as well as to reinforce old and familiar experiences throughout their lives. In fact for some children, sensory exploration is one of the strategies for learning with which they feel most comfortable. For many children who have lacked sensory stimulation early on in their life, they will continue to crave physical, real experiences and feel happiest when carrying out hands-on learning.

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