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…
Good idea being proposed here? Please let us know why/why not….
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