Primary education: listening and observing
Primary education: listening and observing

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2 What do children think about the school playgrounds and playtime?

Now you’ll hear from two playground experts.

Daniel is 6 years old, and Isla is 7 years old. In this audio recording, they talk about their school playground, with Kimberly Safford from The Open University. The playground they talk about is the same one you watched in Activity 2.

In the interview, Daniel and Isla talk about what they like and don’t like about the playground and playtimes in school. You’ll hear them talk about the differences between the tarmac playground and the field area that you watched earlier. They talk about the playground tarmac artwork that you saw in the video, and they mention a ‘Trim Trail’ in the field area. They also describe things they wish they could have in their playground, like a ‘quiet’ area and a ‘friend bench’. They talk about games they like to play such as ‘It’, ‘Conga Line’, and ‘Everybody Sunbathe’, and team games like handball and football. They talk about what makes them happy and what makes them sad in the playground. They also talk about what they would like to have in their ‘dream’ playground.

Activity 3 Children talking about the playground

Timing: Allow about 20 miunutes

As you listen to the interview, notice how Daniel and Isla seem very shy at first, but they but warm-up to the discussion after a little while. Note down your observations.

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