KCC wel­comes ‘fo­cus on play’ in class­room

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? -

A ROOT and branch re­view of pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion that rec­om­mends scrap­ping sub­jects for themes, teach­ing well-be­ing and in­tro­duc­ing part-time school­ing for four-year-olds born in July or Au­gust has been wel­comed by Kent ed­u­ca­tion chiefs.

The re­port, writ­ten by gov­ern­ment ad­viser Sir Jim Rose, sug­gests re­plac­ing tra­di­tional lessons like ge­og­ra­phy, his­tory and French with six core ar­eas of study.

More flex­i­bil­ity

Play would also be­come a cru­cial part of pri­mary school learn­ing, as would IT, which should be con­sid­ered as im­por­tant as lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy.

The re­port rec­om­mends chil­dren should start pri­mary the Septem­ber af­ter their fourth birth­day, with some start­ing part-time to give them time to de­velop to a sim­i­lar men­tal stage as their older class­mates. be­ing, but also in all as­pects of their ed­u­ca­tion.

Cllr Ley­land Rid­ings, KCC’s cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren, fam­i­lies and ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ment, be­lieves play is key to help­ing chil­dren learn sub­jects like maths and English.

He said: “Chil­dren learn through play and in most of the other coun­tries in the world chil­dren don’t ac­tu­ally start school un­til at least a year later than here, if not two.

“So they have in their kinder­garten en­vi­ron­ment very many more op­por­tu­ni­ties for play and it helps them to so­cialise and de­velop in other ways.

“The key with this is go­ing to be in the train­ing of the teach­ers and this goes right back to train­ing colleges.”

Ley­land Rid­ings

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