Play England drew up The Charter for Children’s Play which sets out a vision for play and states that:
- children need time and space to play at school;
- adults should let children play;
- children value and benefit from staffed play provision;
- children’s play is enriched by skilled play workers;
- children sometimes need extra support to enjoy their right to play.
At Burnhope primary, Play is recognised for the important contribution it makes to education and lifelong learning, a finding confirmed by many studies of early childhood. Research shows that play can enhance problem solving; it is also widely regarded as providing opportunities for social interaction and language development. The contribution of play to educational development is suggested through the inherent value of different play types e.g. through risk taking and exploratory play in formal and informal settings, allowing children to experiment, try new things and push their boundaries.
All children are entitled to welcoming and accessible play provision, irrespective of gender, economic or social circumstances, ethnic or cultural background or origin or individual abilities. It is our responsibility to ensure adequate provision is provided.
At Burnhope Primary, our child enjoy play through various experiences with enhanced provision through the outdoor setting such as:
- mud kitchen
- den building
- giant sand pit
- loose parts
- trim trail
- music station
- free choice sports equipment
- woodland and
Children are free to access these area during outdoor play and during subject based lessons. There are also play leaders (Buddies) which facilitate play. Each child receives at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. We hold weekly celebration assemblies and termly newsletters.
- OPAL Gold Award-November 2018
The impact of this is implementation was also noted in our January 2019 Ofsted:
Lunchtimes and break times are, pupils say, an enjoyable time of the day. The opportunities for pupils to deepen their learning and play well alongside each other are planned carefully at these less structured times of the day, just as they are in lesson time. A wide range of activities is on offer, which pupils keenly engage in together.