Over the course of the past half term, Early Years students have been exploring their feelings through a range of different activities including dance, water-play and story-telling. On the 2nd April, as part of this topic, the Early Years teaching team and the children invited parents to a ‘Stay and Theraplay’ session in their classroom.
Theraplay is a kind of play therapy that aims to build and enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and joyful engagement through play. It was lovely to watch students and parents learning together in school. Everyone had the opportunity to participate in various activities including singing and good friend promises.
‘Stay and Theraplay’ is a worthwhile activity in the early years to enhance emotional development in our youngest students. It allows parents to get a first-hand experience of how the social and intellectual learning takes place at ISS in line with the development goals of the EYFS curriculum.
The students created a large circle, alongside family members and began the session singing a song: ‘You are my Sunshine’. Each group were then given a feather. The idea of this was to blow the feather to their partner, and then for the parents to help their children keep the feathers in the air. The next activity was to ‘pass a smile around the circle’, followed by ‘good friend promises’. The children made them on heart shaped cards, and one by one collected them from Miss Whitehouse and shared their promises with parents.
Children gain a wonderful sense of achievement from this type of hands-on learning and we felt the Theraplay session was a lovely final activity combining all areas of their emotional development objectives this term.