What happens at Lunchtime?
At Damers our Year 4 children take on responsbilities to help the school run smoothly and to make playtime a fun experience for everyone. Who better to tell you about these jobs than the children themselves?
We have a huge team of enthusiastic and committed Sports Leaders who lead sporting play with the Year One and Two pupils. The Sports Leaders plan, create and modify a whole range of games and take great pride in their special role in our school community.
Our Sports Leaders recently carried out a survey with their link classes to find out which sporting activities our younger children wanted to take part in during their lunch break. Horse riding proved a bit tricky, but the other suggestions were listened to and acted upon.
Mr Stone organises strand football matches for the pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 during lunchtime play. Football is a popular sport here at Damers and everyone likes to show off their skills in the hope of being spotted for the Damers football team.
Moving and Grooving
Mrs Gore regularly takes the boom box out onto the field or onto the stage in the playground for a bit of ‘moving and grooving’ with anyone who wants to take part.
Our Olympic Legacy Leader, Mr Treble runs a different lunchtime club each half term, when he is with us on a Friday. Our aim is to provide as many different opportunities for different age groups, with the emphasis on having fun and enjoying taking part in sport. Clubs so far this year have included multi-skills for Year 1, Year 4 boys’ basketball and Year 4 girls’ basketball.
Swimming – Weekly
Mrs Thorpe and Mrs Lord have taken the plunge and are starting a weekly lunchtime swimming club for interested Year 4 pupils this term. Our swimming pool is a fantastic resource and one which we value highly. We are keen to offer extra swimming time to prepare our pupils for the up and coming DASP swimming gala.
There have been some changes to playtime at Damers!
To children, playing is one of the most important aspects of life. Playing contributes to children’s health, wellbeing and happiness as well as to their ability to learn. Through play, children develop a range of social, emotional and physical skills that make them happy, confident and good at learning.
What are your favourite childhood play memories?
How do these compare to your children’s experiences of play?
What is play?
Play is freely chosen and personally directed by the child. Children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons. It is the very freedom and child-centred nature of play that makes it such an effective and comprehensive learning process.
What is happening at Damers?
Damers has developed the quality of lunchtime play to enrich children’s experiences. We provide a wider range of materials to encourage children to play imaginatively. Play supervisors allow children the time, space and opportunities to personally direct their own play, at their own pace, for their own reasons.
Sometimes, children will naturally create or seek out challenging situations. This is also a good learning experience because it teaches them how to manage risk and assess their limitations.
For more information and to see the Damers First School Play Policy, click here.