Risky play

“When children are allowed to test their boundaries and flirt with uncertainty, they gain better social skills, physical strength and balance, risk management skills, resilience, and confidence.”

In Reception, we have enjoyed part taking in risky play outdoors and during our Movement Play sessions. We encourage the children to go outdoors, where there are lots of challenges and opportunities to build independence.

The children have been hugely interested in creating some amazing dens, models and ‘Floor is Lava’ tracks using the natural materials in our outdoor area. We have also been improving our tree swinging skills…it has been wonderful to see the children’s confidence and independence develop the more they practise.

We are also learning that mistakes are good; the most important thing is to have a go in the first place. Hooray for risky play!

By Mrs Callaghan and Miss Christy