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Play at Hanover in the Guardian newspaper

Play at Hanover in the Guardian newspaper

One of our school priorities this year is the developing play across the school. We recognise that play is not just a “fun” thing that goes in between lessons, but a vital part of learning. Children up to the age of 7 are now learning in an almost completely child-led provision, and it’s working really well!

Our children are developing all kinds of skills through play at Hanover. Not just their motor skills, but their problem-solving, cooperative and creativity too. They are better able to “self-regulate” and are building skills for life through carefully considered provision and we are really excited about the potential for further development in this area. Children have made more academic progress this year through this approach than they did in a more formal environment too.

This approach borrows a great deal from the pedagogy of Early Years Educators and is well-researched. Children play using a wide range of carefully chosen materials such as woodworking tools, large wooden blocks and other construction materials. This is called “Loose Parts” play.

Now our approach is being recognised by lots of experts. We were recently featured in The Guardian newspaper as a “champion of play”. You can read the article here.

You can also download a scan of page 1 and page 2 of the print version with additional pictures here (page 1 and page 2).

You might also be interested to see more on our social media channels which we update each day with photos and video of play in action. Do get in touch if you would like to know more.