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But I just want to go and play

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by lizdot, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. lizdot

    lizdot New commenter


    I am an experienced FS2 teacher but I am currently experiencing something on a scale that I haven't before.

    As the year comes to its end I am expecting children to participate in more adult focus tasks and more whole class work. I am trying to make all the activities inviting, exciting and relevant, just as I always do.

    These are some of the reactions.

    "But I haven't had time to play yet!"

    "When can I go and play?"

    "After sports day I don't want to come to this school anymore. " " What do think would make you like to come?" "More lego and things like that."

    Is anyone else experiencing this?

    Does anyone have any solutions?

    Thank you in advance.
  2. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    Have you increased the adult directed whole class time too much too quickly? Like a sudden big increase?
    Do you still have opportunity for free play or it is squeezed into moments when they have finished their 'work'?
    Do the children making the comments get pulled into interventions that reduces their time for play?
    Are they still 4? Are more of them still emerging in areas of PSED?
    When you stand back and reflect you might find the answer jumps out at you.
  3. ABCCBA123321

    ABCCBA123321 Occasional commenter

    My daughter was complaining there was "too much lego" in her reception classroom this afternoon! Basically - you can't win!
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    LOL Presumably she had trodden on a piece of lego!

    Don't do the adult focus tasks then...they will lose all sense of 'sit at a table and work at something boring (to them)' over the summer holiday anyway. Let them play while they still can!
    Gsr25, bajan and jomaimai like this.

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