On Friday February 5th, as part of Children's Mental Health Week we agreed that every class would be set tasks and challenges that did not involve the use of screens.
We recognise that excessive screen time is detrimental to children's mental health and wanted to do what we could to show the children alternatives to being on screens. We are also aware that increased screen time means a reduction in physical activity which is harmful to both physical and mental health.
We know that many children are on screens for leisure, and with on-line learning in place as well this has lead to a great deal of screen time for some children.
Not using their interactive white boards for the day was a challenge for the teachers as they had to think about other ways of sharing their resources with the children. Some children chose to continue the challenge at home as well as in school whilst others were initially horrified by the idea.
By the end of the day, the consensus was that it had been an enjoyable day and that it had made both the adults and the children really use their imaginations.
A big thank you to the parents at home for supporting the various activities undertaken by the children.
Below are a selection of activities from the day.