Kelvin Grove Primary School


Kelvin Grove
Primary School


Play is equally as important as work.

There are many around the world who view play as optional – we believe it is FUNDAMENTAL. Play is important for children’s physical, mental, social and emotional growth and development and is the primary experience through which they explore and learn about the world and themselves.

Lunchtimes are a hugely important time of the day when children can be involved in different activities. Staff and pupils work together to provide many varied and exciting opportunities for our children. Additional to the regular playground activities – the trim-trail, ball games, hockey, football, dressing-up, basketball, skipping, talent events, craft activities, gardening- creating herb gardens and caring for their playground environment, parachute games, “throw the beanbag” and co-operative team games lead by Play Leaders (adults) and Play Supporters (pupils) - there are various other activities to encourage children to try new things, develop new interests and talents.

“I like skipping, playing with my friends and going on the trim-trail,” Francesca Year 3.

Children choose to take part in additional activities by signing up in class. They are given an activity pass which indicates the activity they have signed up to, it allows them into the activity and it lets the dinner staff know they will have an early or late lunch.

Computer Activity is a popular lunchtime event and takes place Monday to Thursday for year groups from years 1 to 4. Children can choose to do homework, research or practise skills they have learnt in class through Maths, English and Science games.

On Tuesdays, our very knowledgeable school gardener leads Gardening Activity for KS1 and KS2 children who are involved in the regular maintenance of the school grounds but also work on projects. So far, they have potted plants for classrooms, provided classes with a “care sheet” telling them how to look after their plants and have created a magnificent plant display in our school reception area.

In the Paxton Playgrounds, sports coaches support children to play and develop their skills in various games such as table tennis, hockey, badminton, rounders, basketball and cricket. Groups of children are also selected to take part in Gifted and Talented groups for particular sports on a Friday.

Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

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