NUT calls for primary school children to play in the classroom up to the age of 7

The Telegraph is reporting that delegates at the NUT conference have suggested schoolchildren should be allowed to learn through playing in the classroom up to the age of seven…

Many youngsters are not ready to sit down and do formal reading, writing and maths when they start school at the age of four or five, according to the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

The union is expected to call for “play in the curriculum” throughout infant schools, at its annual conference in Harrogate this weekend, arguing that this suits many young children better than educating them in a formal way.

It is also likely to say that lunch and break times are being used for “coaching and cramming”, depriving youngsters of their “fundamental human right to play” and socialise with their classmates.

Instead, schools should follow the lead of countries like Finland and introduce 45-minute lessons immediately followed by 15-minute playtimes…

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  1. On top of play-based learning of a ‘planned’ nature, there should also be a recognition that all children, from toddlers to pre-teens, need to play every day for their personal development and wellbeing.
    Most of the primary schools I visit offer a very poor, limited and constricted playtime experience when, with some proper training and advice, they could be offering every child from Foundation to KS2 an hour or more of physically active, developmentally beneficial experiences that address sedentary behaviour, social and emotional development, weight and fitness, and all the soft-skills the government and OFSTED are suddenly so keen on.

  2. MusicmakersUK

    SchoolsImprove primary schools with arts enriched curriculum let children play throughout their school life and thrive as a result

  3. sb_campaign

    g56g cyclingkev How about some support for not penalising children who start school at CSAge too? That would be great.

  4. 3Diassociates

    g56g cyclingkev Would “learn through play and other creative activities” be a better way to describe children’s needs? #NUT15 #play

  5. 3Diassociates

    g56g cyclingkev Would “learn through play and other creative activities” be a better way to describe children’s needs? #NUT15 #play

  6. 3Diassociates

    g56g cyclingkev Would “learn through play and other creative activities” be a better way to describe children’s needs? #NUT15 #play

  7. g56g

    3Diassociates cyclingkev we should never be afraid of calling this play! Activity and experience through play! #NUT15

  8. g56g

    3Diassociates cyclingkev we should never be afraid of calling this play! Activity and experience through play! #NUT15

  9. 3Diassociates

    g56g cyclingkev Yes and learning through play. The skill of the teacher determines which activities & experiences will best match needs.

  10. Mike Bell  Absolutely!!  We have had an extensive wealth of research available to us for years all demonstrating what is best for learning and developing brains. It is exciting to see decisions being made based on what we know and understand.

  11. braininsights

    JeniHooper Great to see this from SchoolsImprove Isn’t it Jeni!? Let’s keep on it until every decision maker, teacher & parent “gets it”!

  12. JeniHooper

    braininsights SchoolsImprove great call for play in classrooms for children to age 7 from the National Union of Teachers. Gets my vote

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