KCC welcomes ‘focus on play’ in classroom
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.
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.”