"Immediately after just one session of physical activity, children can increase their attention and memory, and reduce inappropriate behavior, such as being unfocused and causing others to become distracted"
(Tomporowski PD. Effects of acute bouts of exercise on cognition. Acta Psychol. 2003;112(3):297–324)
Wrights Academy recognise that playtime is a vital part in every child’s day at school.
Throughout our 10 years of working in this field, we found that playtimes, which were not sufficiently organised, resulted in children returning to their learning environment unsettled, therefore affecting quality learning time. Our planned playtime programme uses evidence based research to address this major issue.
Whilst working at Hill Mead Primary School, Junior created an innovative playtime and lunch time model that enables children to play organised games and return to their working climate in a calm state of mind.
I THINK INSTEAD OF THIS SENTENCE WE SHOULD INCLUDE SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS RELATIVELY SCIENCEY 1) BECAUSE WE SHOULDNT SAY WHEN YOU WAS WORKING AT HILLMEAD, THAT MAKES IT THEIR PROPERTY AND 2) WE WANT THIS TO STAND OUT AS MORE THAN JUST BEING PLAYGROUND STAFF.
What we do differently
The school employs four full-time sports coaches who supervise playtimes and lunchtimes as well as providing physical education lessons and after-school training sessions. As a result, behaviour at lunchtimes and playtimes is exemplary and pupils achieve well in sporting activities. For example, Hill Mead are the current borough football champions
(Ofsted Report July 2015).
We work with schools to:
Enhance the quality physical activity in the playground.
Develop school playgrounds to their full potential.
Ensure that all playground staff are involved in implementing the new playtime model.
Promote a safe and calm environment through organised games.
Our playtime aims
We ensure that playtimes are places where children have the opportunity to:
Develop new personal skills
Participating in an organised activity
Positively engaging with each other during activity
Calm down independently and return to their class line when instructed at the end of playtime
Return to class in a calm state of mind.
To discuss how Planned Playtimes can work in your school please contact us on 07426 496234