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Mind healing: the psychological benefits of getting dirty

22 November, 2016
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Let them eat Dirt is a new parenting book written not by child psychologists, but by two microbiologists, Marie-Claire Arrieta and Brett Finlay. Their aim is to encourage parents to ease up on hygiene. Children, they say, should be outside more, playing in the mud and coming into contact with the natural world.  Full details

 

One in 10 Primary one pupils ‘overweight or obese’, BBC News

12 October, 2016
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More than one in 10 children in Scotland have started primary school overweight or obese since 2005, a study by Cancer Research UK shows.

It said almost 83,000 four to five-year-olds entered P1 carrying excess weight between 2005-2006 and 2014-2015.

The charity warned obesity could become a “crippling burden on society and the NHS” if action was not taken. Full article

Learning Through Play

11 October, 2016
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Google the definition of play and the first thing that pops up is this: “[To] engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.”

Jack Shonkoff, the director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, finds that language supremely frustrating. “It’s not taking a break from learning when we talk about play,” he told me, rattling off a litany of cognitive, physical, mental, and social-emotional benefits. “Play is one of the most important ways in which children learn.”  Full article

No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system

11 October, 2016
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It’s a warm September afternoon in the Kallio district of Helsinki. Out in theFranzenia daycare centre playground, groups of four- and five-year-olds roam contentedly. “Would you like an ice-cream?” asks one, having set up her elaborate “stall” on the edge of the sandpit. Kindergarten staff move among the children, chatting, observing and making written notes.  Full article

School with guns, knives and fire on the timetable – and Ofsted loves it

11 October, 2016
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Don’t worry, it’s not dangerous,” says Thomas, 10, carefully positioning a tray of bread cakes over burning coals. “It’s OK if you do it right. There are people here who know the safety rules and they teach us,” he adds.

Children at this state junior school have lessons in using sharp knives, saws and even air rifles. They get to cook food and smelt metal over an open fire and to skin and bone rabbits. Mike Fairclough, their headteacher, believes exposing children to risk fosters a confidence that improves their educational performance, behaviour and attitudes.  Full article