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Brain Breaks

When I was asked to write something for the website, I couldn’t quite decide what to say. I made some notes, chatted with colleagues, checked the internet, had a snack did a bit of ironing and then came up with my subject after reflecting on my own behaviour – Brain Breaks!

Research has shown that Brain Breaks increase pupils’ on-task behaviour and the amount of physical activity they get every day so it's a win-win. Brain Breaks are short, energising bursts of activity that boost blood flow, send oxygen to the brain, and help children to retain information better. Instant, simple activities to help kids re-energise, refocus and give their brains a buzz. These Brain Breaks are what your children need at the moment, particularly working online at home in lockdown which can leave some children sitting for hours at a time. Movement is important for children, especially now. It is not always realistic for our school to add in more time for break or extra P.E. but we can easily add Brain Breaks throughout the day and you can do this at home.

It can be as simple as taking five minutes to stand up, stretch, and run in place next to the desk. Previous schools I have taught in liked the boarders in particular to walk to the perimeter of the grounds of the school before lessons each day or all children to run to the perimeter and back between lessons. Ideally multiple Brain Breaks should be taken in the day along with playtime and PE lessons.

Being seated for long periods of time has drawbacks for children. Not only does it make it tough for them to get enough physical activity in the day, but it also makes it harder to actually pay attention and learn. Angela Hanscom, a paediatric occupational therapist, wrote in the Washington Post: Children naturally start fidgeting in order to get the movement their body so desperately needs and is not getting enough of to ‘turn their brain on’. What happens when the children start fidgeting? We teachers usually ask them to sit still and pay attention; therefore, their brain goes back to ‘sleep mode’. In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move! Some children with specific attention issues have squeezy toys to fiddle with as they listen. Some are encouraged to doodle as they listen to a lesson which helps them focus, even if to us it looks as if they are completely tuned out.

Movement actually does ‘turn on’ the brain. Look how activity can literally light up areas of a child’s brain that allow for better learning

With children learning at home, it’s important to build time into schedules for focused educational brain breaks. Maybe they need a movement break to get the wiggles out? Or a quiet moment to just stay still? Research shows that giving children frequent brain breaks to reset their energy level improves their ability to focus, retain more, and stay on task. Drinks, snacks, pencil sharpening, trips to the loo, hunting for paper tissues etc were used constantly in rotation when my son was doing his homework each night but he needed these brain breaks. As an undergraduate when he was studying for Finals, he did an hour of study followed by an hour of break! It took forever but he passed with flying colours – this worked for him, excessive, time consuming, but successful!

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Below are some activities that can be done alone or with someone else which will enhance a working day at home or in the classroom. 

• Have the children stand tall and cross one leg in front of the other while pressing the outsides of their feet together. Now have them cross their arms over one another at the wrists. Clasp their hands and curl their arms into their chest. Take a few breaths, uncross and cross the opposite way for a few more breaths. 

• Touch their left elbow to their right knee, then touch their right elbow to their left knee. Switch back and forth going slowly at first, building speed until they are going at a vigorous pace. Next, do some windmills by standing tall with their feet shoulder-width apart and their arms stretched out. Bend at the waist and touch their right hand to their left toes, then their left hand to their right toes. Switch back and forth.

• Sitting in a chair with your feet on the ground and legs together, curl your body and legs into your lap, folding yourself into a tiny O shape. Next, open your arms and legs wide, forming an X shape with your body. Pull back into an O shape, then back out to an X shape. Repeat three times. 

• Stand or sit with legs and feet together. Bring your palms together in front of your chest. Keep your fingertips together as you pull your palms apart, forming a ball with your fingers. Press your fingertips together until you feel the muscles in your hands and arms activating. See if you feel your core tighten too. Now close your eyes and as you breathe in, inflate your ball and as you breathe out, flatten the ball by pushing your palms together. (Then repeat these instructions for 60 seconds).

• Touch their left ear with their right hand and at the same time touch their nose with their left hand. Then have them switch their hands and touch their right ear with their left hand and their nose with their right hand. Switch back and forth a few times. Then have them close their eyes, take a deep breath, and blow it all out.

• It’s never a good idea to spend too much time sitting in one position. Allow children to take a break and bring some flexibility back into their spines. Have them stand with their feet shoulder-distance apart. Put their left hand on their hip and raise their right hand overhead. Lean to the left and stretch their arm as far as they can to the left. Repeat on the right side. Then stand tall and slowly roll down one vertebrae at a time until their hands reach the floor (or at least their shins). Have them take a deep breath then slowly roll back up. Repeat as necessary.

• Sometimes children just need to bounce their energy out. Have them pretend they are bouncing on a mini-trampoline (this will keep their movement on a vertical plane instead of all over the room) and give them a couple of minutes to let loose!

• Conjure up a rainstorm! Sitting or standing at a desk or table, have your child tap 1 finger on the desk, then 2, then 3, then 4, then their whole hand until you all feel like you’re in the middle of a deluge. Work your way backward from 5 down to 1 as the storm 

• Get hearts pumping with a quick sequence of exercises. Call out 5 actions for your child to do as quickly as they can. For instance, 5 jumping jacks, 4 pushups, 3 situps, 2 squat jumps, and 1 tree pose. 

• Have your children line up next to a wall and place one hand on the wall. Tell them to plant the foot closest to the wall and swing the other leg, as if pushing off the ground on a skateboard. Start slowly, with tiny swings, moving up to power pushes. Repeat on the other side.

• This is a good break when you sense a weariness in the air. Have the children rub their hands together vigorously until they warm up. Tell them to close their eyes and mind and refocus. 

• Music is a great way to reset the mood in a room and raise the energy level. Put on a fun song and have a 30-second freestyle dance party. Maybe teach your children the steps to popular dances such as the Cha-Cha Slide or the Macarena. My class enjoyed crazy dancing to Crazy Frog last year. 

I hope this has given you some food for thought and you will try some of these activities while the children are with you learning at home. I always thought these breaks were time-wasting and based on avoidance, but the children actually gain so much more when they come back to a task with fresh eyes and with fresh air in their lungs.

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Brain Breaks

When I was asked to write something for the website, I couldn’t quite decide what to say. I made some notes, chatted with colleagues, checked the internet, had a snack did a bit of ironing and then came up with my subject after reflecting on my own behaviour – Brain Breaks!

Research has shown that Brain Breaks increase pupils’ on-task behaviour and the amount of physical activity they get every day so it's a win-win. Brain Breaks are short, energising bursts of activity that boost blood flow, send oxygen to the brain, and help children to retain information better. Instant, simple activities to help kids re-energise, refocus and give their brains a buzz. These Brain Breaks are what your children need at the moment, particularly working online at home in lockdown which can leave some children sitting for hours at a time. Movement is important for children, especially now. It is not always realistic for our school to add in more time for break or extra P.E. but we can easily add Brain Breaks throughout the day and you can do this at home.

It can be as simple as taking five minutes to stand up, stretch, and run in place next to the desk. Previous schools I have taught in liked the boarders in particular to walk to the perimeter of the grounds of the school before lessons each day or all children to run to the perimeter and back between lessons. Ideally multiple Brain Breaks should be taken in the day along with playtime and PE lessons.

Being seated for long periods of time has drawbacks for children. Not only does it make it tough for them to get enough physical activity in the day, but it also makes it harder to actually pay attention and learn. Angela Hanscom, a paediatric occupational therapist, wrote in the Washington Post: Children naturally start fidgeting in order to get the movement their body so desperately needs and is not getting enough of to ‘turn their brain on’. What happens when the children start fidgeting? We teachers usually ask them to sit still and pay attention; therefore, their brain goes back to ‘sleep mode’. In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move! Some children with specific attention issues have squeezy toys to fiddle with as they listen. Some are encouraged to doodle as they listen to a lesson which helps them focus, even if to us it looks as if they are completely tuned out.

Movement actually does ‘turn on’ the brain. Look how activity can literally light up areas of a child’s brain that allow for better learning

With children learning at home, it’s important to build time into schedules for focused educational brain breaks. Maybe they need a movement break to get the wiggles out? Or a quiet moment to just stay still? Research shows that giving children frequent brain breaks to reset their energy level improves their ability to focus, retain more, and stay on task. Drinks, snacks, pencil sharpening, trips to the loo, hunting for paper tissues etc were used constantly in rotation when my son was doing his homework each night but he needed these brain breaks. As an undergraduate when he was studying for Finals, he did an hour of study followed by an hour of break! It took forever but he passed with flying colours – this worked for him, excessive, time consuming, but successful!

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Below are some activities that can be done alone or with someone else which will enhance a working day at home or in the classroom. 

• Have the children stand tall and cross one leg in front of the other while pressing the outsides of their feet together. Now have them cross their arms over one another at the wrists. Clasp their hands and curl their arms into their chest. Take a few breaths, uncross and cross the opposite way for a few more breaths. 

• Touch their left elbow to their right knee, then touch their right elbow to their left knee. Switch back and forth going slowly at first, building speed until they are going at a vigorous pace. Next, do some windmills by standing tall with their feet shoulder-width apart and their arms stretched out. Bend at the waist and touch their right hand to their left toes, then their left hand to their right toes. Switch back and forth.

• Sitting in a chair with your feet on the ground and legs together, curl your body and legs into your lap, folding yourself into a tiny O shape. Next, open your arms and legs wide, forming an X shape with your body. Pull back into an O shape, then back out to an X shape. Repeat three times. 

• Stand or sit with legs and feet together. Bring your palms together in front of your chest. Keep your fingertips together as you pull your palms apart, forming a ball with your fingers. Press your fingertips together until you feel the muscles in your hands and arms activating. See if you feel your core tighten too. Now close your eyes and as you breathe in, inflate your ball and as you breathe out, flatten the ball by pushing your palms together. (Then repeat these instructions for 60 seconds).

• Touch their left ear with their right hand and at the same time touch their nose with their left hand. Then have them switch their hands and touch their right ear with their left hand and their nose with their right hand. Switch back and forth a few times. Then have them close their eyes, take a deep breath, and blow it all out.

• It’s never a good idea to spend too much time sitting in one position. Allow children to take a break and bring some flexibility back into their spines. Have them stand with their feet shoulder-distance apart. Put their left hand on their hip and raise their right hand overhead. Lean to the left and stretch their arm as far as they can to the left. Repeat on the right side. Then stand tall and slowly roll down one vertebrae at a time until their hands reach the floor (or at least their shins). Have them take a deep breath then slowly roll back up. Repeat as necessary.

• Sometimes children just need to bounce their energy out. Have them pretend they are bouncing on a mini-trampoline (this will keep their movement on a vertical plane instead of all over the room) and give them a couple of minutes to let loose!

• Conjure up a rainstorm! Sitting or standing at a desk or table, have your child tap 1 finger on the desk, then 2, then 3, then 4, then their whole hand until you all feel like you’re in the middle of a deluge. Work your way backward from 5 down to 1 as the storm 

• Get hearts pumping with a quick sequence of exercises. Call out 5 actions for your child to do as quickly as they can. For instance, 5 jumping jacks, 4 pushups, 3 situps, 2 squat jumps, and 1 tree pose. 

• Have your children line up next to a wall and place one hand on the wall. Tell them to plant the foot closest to the wall and swing the other leg, as if pushing off the ground on a skateboard. Start slowly, with tiny swings, moving up to power pushes. Repeat on the other side.

• This is a good break when you sense a weariness in the air. Have the children rub their hands together vigorously until they warm up. Tell them to close their eyes and mind and refocus. 

• Music is a great way to reset the mood in a room and raise the energy level. Put on a fun song and have a 30-second freestyle dance party. Maybe teach your children the steps to popular dances such as the Cha-Cha Slide or the Macarena. My class enjoyed crazy dancing to Crazy Frog last year. 

I hope this has given you some food for thought and you will try some of these activities while the children are with you learning at home. I always thought these breaks were time-wasting and based on avoidance, but the children actually gain so much more when they come back to a task with fresh eyes and with fresh air in their lungs.

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Benefits of Exercise

At Cargilfield we are lucky; we get outside every day, come rain or shine and enjoy hours and hours of exercise.  Not all children are as lucky as ours, and every once in a while, when the weather is perhaps not the best, or energy levels are low, we can be reluctant to exercise.  Taking a few moments to remember the benefits of regular exercise will hopefully be enough to rejuvenate us, and make us appreciate how fantastic it is to be able to exercise.

Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It helps us both physically and mentally and is an extremely social and fun way to spend your time.  With the various restrictions we are facing with COVID, it is even more important to exercise.  

Some of the benefits of regular exercise include:

  •    Making you feel happier – exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.  Exercise can increase the production of endorphins which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain.
  •    It can help maintain a healthy weight – exercise is crucial to supporting a fast metabolism and burning more calories per day.  It also helps you maintain your muscle mass and weight loss.
  •    It can increase your energy levels – engaging in regular physical activity can be a real energy booster and help with fatigue.
  •        It can reduce your risk of chronic disease – lack of regular physical activity is a primary cause of chronic disease.  Regular exercise has been shown to improve a number of diseases.
  •        It can help your brain health and memory – exercise increases your heart rate which promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain.  
  •        It can help with relaxation and sleep quality – regular exercise can help you sleep better and feel more energised during the day
  •        It can reduce pain – it can help relieve chronic pain and also raise pain tolerance and decrease pain perception
  •        It boosts your mood and wellbeing
  •        It keeps your heart healthy

Exercise offers huge benefits and possibly the most important one, gives an outlet to meet new people and make new friends.  It is one of the few things we can do at the moment so why not try and get out, go for a run or find a space to do some exercise safely in the house.

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Benefits of Exercise

At Cargilfield we are lucky; we get outside every day, come rain or shine and enjoy hours and hours of exercise.  Not all children are as lucky as ours, and every once in a while, when the weather is perhaps not the best, or energy levels are low, we can be reluctant to exercise.  Taking a few moments to remember the benefits of regular exercise will hopefully be enough to rejuvenate us, and make us appreciate how fantastic it is to be able to exercise.

Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It helps us both physically and mentally and is an extremely social and fun way to spend your time.  With the various restrictions we are facing with COVID, it is even more important to exercise.  

Some of the benefits of regular exercise include:

  •    Making you feel happier – exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.  Exercise can increase the production of endorphins which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain.
  •    It can help maintain a healthy weight – exercise is crucial to supporting a fast metabolism and burning more calories per day.  It also helps you maintain your muscle mass and weight loss.
  •    It can increase your energy levels – engaging in regular physical activity can be a real energy booster and help with fatigue.
  •        It can reduce your risk of chronic disease – lack of regular physical activity is a primary cause of chronic disease.  Regular exercise has been shown to improve a number of diseases.
  •        It can help your brain health and memory – exercise increases your heart rate which promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain.  
  •        It can help with relaxation and sleep quality – regular exercise can help you sleep better and feel more energised during the day
  •        It can reduce pain – it can help relieve chronic pain and also raise pain tolerance and decrease pain perception
  •        It boosts your mood and wellbeing
  •        It keeps your heart healthy

Exercise offers huge benefits and possibly the most important one, gives an outlet to meet new people and make new friends.  It is one of the few things we can do at the moment so why not try and get out, go for a run or find a space to do some exercise safely in the house.

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Some Tips for Surviving Remote Learning

Your child’s happiness and well-being are at the heart of all that Cargilfield has to offer. If your child is struggling in any way at all during remote learning, please do get in touch straight away; a strong partnership between pupils, parents and teachers has never been more important than at present. 

Your child’s Form Tutor will be the first port of call, and the Support for Learning Department staff are always available to offer help and advice. The children have coped well with the first week of remote lessons but we are all very aware that learning from home is not without its challenges. The advice below may be of some use.

1) Having a dedicated work area (where this is possible, of course) will help your child to remain focused during lessons and to keep their learning resources organised. It will also allow for a separation between work and leisure time.

2) Keeping connected to the Cargilfield community and school routines each day is vital. Watching the daily Chapel services and taking part in the extra-curricular challenges will help your child to continue to feel part of the community. Contact with friends and classmates, both within and outside lessons, will keep their spirits up.

3) Timetables have been configured to allow a two-hour break in the middle of each day. This allows children to take advantage of daylight hours so do encourage them to spend time outdoors getting some fresh air and exercise. It also allows them to take a proper break from their screens and perhaps to eat at the same time as other members of the family.

4) Please do bear in mind that every household and every learner is different; what is achievable for one family may be unrealistic for another and staff are very sympathetic to this.

    The three most important school rules at Cargilfield are: be kind; be kind; be kind. Perhaps during remote learning, we should also add the words: to ourselves.

    Good luck with the challenges that lie ahead and be positive about the new skills and resilience you are learning.

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    Some Tips for Surviving Remote Learning

    Your child’s happiness and well-being are at the heart of all that Cargilfield has to offer. If your child is struggling in any way at all during remote learning, please do get in touch straight away; a strong partnership between pupils, parents and teachers has never been more important than at present. 

    Your child’s Form Tutor will be the first port of call, and the Support for Learning Department staff are always available to offer help and advice. The children have coped well with the first week of remote lessons but we are all very aware that learning from home is not without its challenges. The advice below may be of some use.

    1) Having a dedicated work area (where this is possible, of course) will help your child to remain focused during lessons and to keep their learning resources organised. It will also allow for a separation between work and leisure time.

    2) Keeping connected to the Cargilfield community and school routines each day is vital. Watching the daily Chapel services and taking part in the extra-curricular challenges will help your child to continue to feel part of the community. Contact with friends and classmates, both within and outside lessons, will keep their spirits up.

    3) Timetables have been configured to allow a two-hour break in the middle of each day. This allows children to take advantage of daylight hours so do encourage them to spend time outdoors getting some fresh air and exercise. It also allows them to take a proper break from their screens and perhaps to eat at the same time as other members of the family.

    4) Please do bear in mind that every household and every learner is different; what is achievable for one family may be unrealistic for another and staff are very sympathetic to this.

      The three most important school rules at Cargilfield are: be kind; be kind; be kind. Perhaps during remote learning, we should also add the words: to ourselves.

      Good luck with the challenges that lie ahead and be positive about the new skills and resilience you are learning.

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      One of the overriding things which came to mind when reflecting on a summer term of remote learning was how much the older children in Pre-Prep had benefitted from the increased opportunities to engage in all types of play.  During my daily catch ups on Teams, I was always hearing about and seeing amongst others the latest dens that had been built or the improvements made to the teddies’ accommodation.  It was strikingly obvious how the children were enjoying developing ideas, turning them upside down, experimenting with them and often arriving at something amazing and inspiring. However, they were not doing this with any specific outcome in mind but for its own sake and the enjoyment and satisfaction it brought them.

      There is much research evidence which shows that play is at the heart of emotional wellbeing and good mental health.  Free play is critical to the balanced development of children and young people.  It supports adapting and responding to cultural change and helps to fuel creativity and the capacity to learn.  Covid19 has given us all no option but to adapt and while everyone seemed delighted to be coming back to School inevitably it was going to be different and certainly more restrictive.

      In P3 we felt it was important that the children were provided with plenty of opportunities to reconnect with each other in as unrestricted environment as possible. The first morning we put out a range of games and construction equipment including a large quantity of Lego and it was this which the children were drawn to like bees to a honey pot.  Soon they were chatting way, catching up with each other while busily playing. We decided to continue with this morning routine of free play until the children were settled back into the usual routine.  However, as the days passed, we observed that the children settled much better to more formal work if they had had the opportunity for some free play first, so this became part of the daily routine. As time went on, we observed that the children were basing much of their play around our Roman topic and were using it as an unconscious opportunity to achieve a richer understanding of their learning and to connect the skills and concepts they were learning with real world examples. 

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      These playful experiences were helping them to engage in this type of deeper learning, applying knowledge to different situations and sparking new ideas not only in the classroom but outside during breaks too where chariot racing and gladiator contests became popular!  Over time we added to the play resources on offer by investing in some Roman figure playmobile, foam builders’ bricks and a big box of Kapla.  Initially these were ignored but with a bit of hands-off encouragement were soon being used to build detailed models of the Circus Maximus, Roman houses, bathhouses, forts, Hadrian’s wall and a range of battle formations. I was constantly being called over to take a photo of the latest creation to put up on the washing line whilst being given in depth and enthusiastic guided tours! 

      Looking back over the role play has played in the children’s learning over the past term it has undoubtably allowed them to be actively engaged in their learning and made it both hands-on and minds-on. They have had the opportunity to be interactive in trying out and revising hypotheses which has encouraged flexible thinking, critical and creative thinking, and perseverance. They have been socially interactive and developed understanding on how to communicate more effectively with others. They have experienced pleasure, enjoyment and joy in achieving. They have had meaningful learning experiences where they have been able to connect new facts and ideas to their own experiences.

      In these uncertain and ever-changing times where remote learning is again a reality the opportunity is there to exploit play opportunities to both the advantage of children and parents. Not all play has to be on a large scale, daydreaming while sitting in a cardboard box or throwing stones into a puddle can provide important benefits to children.  Next time you are witnessing your children at play, have a look and see if you can detect the benefits.  Whether it seems menial, engaging, exciting, irritating or even downright dangerous it probably has an abundance of benefits to be observed.

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      One of the overriding things which came to mind when reflecting on a summer term of remote learning was how much the older children in Pre-Prep had benefitted from the increased opportunities to engage in all types of play.  During my daily catch ups on Teams, I was always hearing about and seeing amongst others the latest dens that had been built or the improvements made to the teddies’ accommodation.  It was strikingly obvious how the children were enjoying developing ideas, turning them upside down, experimenting with them and often arriving at something amazing and inspiring. However, they were not doing this with any specific outcome in mind but for its own sake and the enjoyment and satisfaction it brought them.

      There is much research evidence which shows that play is at the heart of emotional wellbeing and good mental health.  Free play is critical to the balanced development of children and young people.  It supports adapting and responding to cultural change and helps to fuel creativity and the capacity to learn.  Covid19 has given us all no option but to adapt and while everyone seemed delighted to be coming back to School inevitably it was going to be different and certainly more restrictive.

      In P3 we felt it was important that the children were provided with plenty of opportunities to reconnect with each other in as unrestricted environment as possible. The first morning we put out a range of games and construction equipment including a large quantity of Lego and it was this which the children were drawn to like bees to a honey pot.  Soon they were chatting way, catching up with each other while busily playing. We decided to continue with this morning routine of free play until the children were settled back into the usual routine.  However, as the days passed, we observed that the children settled much better to more formal work if they had had the opportunity for some free play first, so this became part of the daily routine. As time went on, we observed that the children were basing much of their play around our Roman topic and were using it as an unconscious opportunity to achieve a richer understanding of their learning and to connect the skills and concepts they were learning with real world examples. 

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      These playful experiences were helping them to engage in this type of deeper learning, applying knowledge to different situations and sparking new ideas not only in the classroom but outside during breaks too where chariot racing and gladiator contests became popular!  Over time we added to the play resources on offer by investing in some Roman figure playmobile, foam builders’ bricks and a big box of Kapla.  Initially these were ignored but with a bit of hands-off encouragement were soon being used to build detailed models of the Circus Maximus, Roman houses, bathhouses, forts, Hadrian’s wall and a range of battle formations. I was constantly being called over to take a photo of the latest creation to put up on the washing line whilst being given in depth and enthusiastic guided tours! 

      Looking back over the role play has played in the children’s learning over the past term it has undoubtably allowed them to be actively engaged in their learning and made it both hands-on and minds-on. They have had the opportunity to be interactive in trying out and revising hypotheses which has encouraged flexible thinking, critical and creative thinking, and perseverance. They have been socially interactive and developed understanding on how to communicate more effectively with others. They have experienced pleasure, enjoyment and joy in achieving. They have had meaningful learning experiences where they have been able to connect new facts and ideas to their own experiences.

      In these uncertain and ever-changing times where remote learning is again a reality the opportunity is there to exploit play opportunities to both the advantage of children and parents. Not all play has to be on a large scale, daydreaming while sitting in a cardboard box or throwing stones into a puddle can provide important benefits to children.  Next time you are witnessing your children at play, have a look and see if you can detect the benefits.  Whether it seems menial, engaging, exciting, irritating or even downright dangerous it probably has an abundance of benefits to be observed.

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