• What are the lions learning through play?
• How might the lions use these skills in later
• In what ways is ‘play’ a helpful educational
tool for the lions?
Many children at BJR
• Find the freedom and unstructured nature of
• Can be ‘lost’ in the playground
• Find forming relationships and interacting with
• Find conflict difficult to manage and even more
difficult to resolve
• Can be quick to anger
• Need support in developing social and emotional
• Lacking in serious purpose
• Something to grow out of
Latest research about play
Vital ingredient in supporting;
Intellectual development Social development
Playfulness is strongly related to;
Emotional well being
Play has contributed to humans being a
highly adaptable species
Supports linguistic development
(speech and language)
Supports development of self control
and self awareness (behaviour)
● May suffer abnormalities in neurological
● Disadvantaged in their development
● Criminality among men
● Cognitive and emotional difficulties
● Deficit growth in key areas of the brain
Vision statement for Bishop John Robinson
At BJR, we want all children and adults to;
Be the best they can;
Join in learning, playand prayer
Remember God’s word.
Playing with your child
1. Give your child time to play every day
2. Provide things for your child to play with. Recycled materials like boxes,
household items and old clothes are often more fun than bought toys and
equipment, and they cost less.
3. Join in the play. Take on a role, make jokes and be playful.
4. Make space for play. As your child gets older he/she will probably spend more
time playing with a particular thing or in a particular role, so having a place
where your child can leave items and continue playing with them the next day is
5. When chatting, ask what your child was playing that day. Show that you
value play whether it’s at home, with the childminder, in pre-school, in playgroup
or in primary school.
6. Tell staff in school about the games, activities, nursery rhymes, and books
your child enjoys.