February 2018 – Issue of the Month – Play and Playfulness




Play and playfulness are great ways to learn new things and to practice things we have already learnt. That is why we have worked hard to make lunchtime play rich in experiences and opportunities. We know that most schools don’t offer the range of activities that we do, but we are concerned that many of you just stick to the same activity day in, day out.

Whilst Mr Crossley is away, he has asked us to help him to find ways to make lunchtime play even better, so you can enjoy the space and the time together.
With your class, please answer the following questions:

What are your favourite things to do at lunchtimes?

How often do most of you try new activities at lunchtime?

What would encourage you to try new activities and take some good learning risks at lunchtime?

What are the best behaviours you see at lunchtime?

What behaviours should be improved at lunchtime and do you have any ideas about how this could be done?

Are you aware of the friendship bench?

How could it be improved?

Are there activities or skills that you have learnt in other lessons, including Forest Schools, that you would want to practice during lunchtimes?

Are there any ‘one off’ or special activities that you would like us to arrange if we can? Tell us why you think this would be good?

Are there any other activities/games that you would like?

What do you think about the role of Helping Hands?

Do they help you?............ How could the role be improved?

Could you include some playground designs which could be painted on the new section of playground too?



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