The children’s author and poet, Michael Rosen has spoken out about the fundamental right to play. He said that play should not be seen as an “add on”, or an “extra” as he urged adults and children to “get out there and play”.
We wanted to share, as a reminder Rosen’s comments, which come in a video by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which has said it is concerned that break times are being eroded.
In the video, called Right To Play, Rosen, a former Children’s Laureate who is best known for books such as We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, says: “Play isn’t an extra, it isn’t an add on. Play is a fundamental human right. Whoever you are, maybe you’re a mum, a dad, an auntie, an uncle or a grandparent, a child, a teenager, a teacher, whoever you are, let’s get out there and play.”
The video features primary school children talking about why play is important to them.
Research published last year found that school break times are now shorter than two decades ago.
James Bowen, director of policy for the National Association of the Head Teachers (NAHT), said: “Breaks are essential for everyone in the school, and the negative impact on pupil-wellbeing is definitely a concern.
“The school day is now jam-packed with tougher content and more obligations for schools to deliver. School budgets have been at breaking point for several years, so resources are stretched and the number of support staff available to cover breaktimes has been reduced."
Here at Play and Leisure Services we have worked with many schools to help improve the play opportunities available to children at breaks and as part of PE. Please contact us for more information or a consultation!
The Big Blue Blocks are designed for indoor & outdoor spaces such as playgrounds, schools, gyms, parks, museums or child care facilities.
Hidden within the blocks and only revealed by imaginative minds are mazes, castles, rockets, race cars, giraffes, voyaging canoes, and musical instruments. Created by an award-winning architect inspired by his own children’s play, the big foam blocks are basically a portable playground that can turn any space into a place for learning, social interactions, and open-ended play.
What is Imagination Playground?
Benefits & Usability
Social skills: Building new constructions encourages communication and team work
Physical: Creating new structures requires lots of movement and will keep children active for hours
Numeracy: Constructing new shapes is a great introduction to the concepts of weight, geometry and the principles of counting
Literacy: Children will engage in dramatic play providing opportunities for children to practice language and literacy
Sensory: Playing with foam blocks stimulates a variety of children’s senses such as touch, movement and balance
Imagination: Free play allows children to be anyone and do anything in the Imagination Play world
Clare, Early Years Teacher at Hopscotch Nursery, Brighton: "When we first received the set, we voluntarily put aside the instruction manual. The idea was to let children give free reign to their imagination and encourage free play."
What are the Blocks made of?
Imagination Playground Blocks are made of a cross-linked polyethylene foam. The closed-cell foam is soft, lightweight, waterproof, and recyclable. It is resistant to sun, heat, mold, mildew, corrosion and microorganisms. These highly durable blocks can be transported to a landfill or returned to the manufacturer to be recycled when they are no longer wanted on the playground. All products meet ASTM and CPSC standards.
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Making Exercise Fun for Children
Welcome to our range of outdoor gym equipment, designed by experts specifically for the use of primary school children KS1 & 2.
Our equipment provides a fun and exhilarating exercise experience for children. Outdoor gyms benefit children greatly; getting them into the fresh air, burning energy whilst having a huge amount of fun, encouraging a life-long love of exercise.
Our aim is to enthuse pupils, make fitness fun and provide an enormous sense of achievement as they develop skills such as balance and co-ordination, social interaction while improving their fitness. With lesson plans to support your staff you can be confident that effective teaching and learning will take place.
We have the largest range of outdoor fitness equipment built specifically for primary school children.
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New - The Tango Swing Seat from HAGS.
All components are made from durable and resilient materials. The seat is made of plastic and comes with 3 chain options:
- Plastic Coated #8053219
- Stainless Steel #8053217
- Galvanised Steel #8053218
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