PATH plays in school
''Play is a child's work and this is not a trivial pursuit'' this is a quote from Alfred Adler, a psychotherapist born in 1870.
Talking about play and its benefits is not a new thing, this quote ''You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of converstaion'' dates back to Plato, Greek philosopher born approx 427 BC.
PATH has been keen to work together with schools in Tower Hamlets to support playful playtimes, so we were really pleased to have met staff from Arnhem Wharf Primray School to plan a Play in School project. Using PATH Public Health funds 3 playworkers have been in the playground every Friday from January - April 2017.
The aim was to work with the already playful midday team to bring in loose parts and try new things. Playworkers observed the busy playground before bringing in a different resource each week.
Natural loose parts like twigs were used as wands as children became wizards, the twigs were also thrown about and broken but as a free natural resources that didn't matter. Children got involved in creating using cardboard from school recycling, again free and easily accessible and all increasing imaginative play in the playground.
In March we had a training session with the midday team of 16, who between them have 105 years of experience in that playground! The team agreed they had seen a change of behaviour at lunch time and are bringing in old fabric from home to continue imaginative play in the playground.
A BIG THANK YOU to the midday supervisors and school staff at Arnhem Wharf for welcoming playworkers and new ideas into their playground.