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Is staying in at breaks healthy

Discussion in 'Primary' started by gilly33, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Would appreciate your views.
    My daughter y3 has told me she stays in some breaks inc lunch play to do history. I know she loves this and her class teacher has a real interest in the subject. Is this healthy or should she be out playing. I ask as I do tend to push her a bit and would like another perspective on this. She says she would do history everyday if school allowed her to. When I ask if she has done anything else when she stays in the answer is always no. I feel for her teacher surely she needs her breaks too.
  2. Id be worried about her lack of time to interact socially with her peers, unless there is a small group of them staying in.
    If its just her alone, i'd be asking the teacher to make sure it only happened once or twice a week.

  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Speaking from the teacher's perspective I would be asking <u>why </u>does the child want to stay in? Does she have difficulty making friends, had a hard time with friends recently wishes to avoid the boy's boisterousness . . . .?
    Certainly if one had a personal interest and a child was showing a particular desire o do more, one would always want to encourage this, but I would also want the child to be out playing/ socialising with her schoolfriends too.
  4. Agree with impulse. Is it a group of children or just her staying in on her own? If it's like a little club I wouldn't be as concerned as if it was just her on her own.
  5. I am not so worried about her interaction with her peers as she is a popular girl and has many friends. It's a small school and they all mix well from all years, obviously sometimes one isn't speaking to another but parents and teachers tend to sort it out quickly.
    I was sort of talking about the perspective of over work really and if it is healthy at this age to be so into a particular subject.
    From time to time I know other friends stay in to do other things but she seems to want to do history. At home she plays but also wants to work. However, Time team or horrible histories and cbbc history games are what she wants to do.
    She has other interests such as dancing, playing violin and singing.
  6. Thank you,
    I know this doesn't happen all the time and you have helped to put it into perspective. Thank you. She is fine with peers and will play quite happily most of the time but does like to stay in. Is it healthy to have such love for a subject at her age? She has other interests, plays violin, dancing, choir and singing lessons. Any spare time she has she watches Time team, reads horrible histories watches historical tv programmes, cbbc history games, the list is endless. I love history myself and am quite pleased but worry I may be encouraging an unhealthy attitude
  7. No idea why all my posts are being mixed up, keep getting whoops messages so apologies for repeated messages
  8. cariad2

    cariad2 New commenter

    I wouldn't think of it as work or a particular subject. I'd think of it as being really interested in something which happens to be taught at school. Other children may be really interested in dinosaurs, moshi monsters, football or horses. They'll spend much of their breaktimes drawing, reading or swapping cards based on their interest.
    Because those are such common interests we don't think twice about it. The only difference is that your daughter's interest is one that she gets to develop during lesson time, as well as during breaks and at home.
    History's a fascinating subject, and most children that age love Horrible Histories. Your daughter enjoys it and wants to learn more. I think that's great.
    As you said, she does have other interests as well, and also has friends. So I really don't think you have anything to worry about.

    btw, I can't remember who posted about being concerned, as a teacher, about a child who wanted to stay in at breaktimes. Personally, I don't think that's necessarily anything to worry about. We always have a few children at school who love to do jobs rather than going out. I remember being bored to death at playtimes when I was a kid - I used to love wet play when we could stay in, and read or draw.
  9. I wouldn't be worried about that side of it either, unless she starts to show 'obsessive' tendencies. Like others have said, most childre have one predominant interest and go through 'phases' it just seems that hers is a more widespread academic interest, rather than just 'cars' or 'dinosaurs'.
  10. Thank you all so much for your replies, I am not worried at all now.
    Sometimes our perspective goes when we start adding factors into the equation like am I too pushy. This is a criticism aimed at me recently as I do tend to push a bit. I think Primary teachers do a wonderful job but with all 3 of my children I have always seen it as my responsibility to ensure they reach their potential not the school they attend.

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