As an early-years teacher (currently taking a career break) and mother of a daughter in Year 1, I was delighted to see the picture on the front of the April 15 edition of The TES, showing two Year 1 boys happily engaged in water play. Every credit to the school for their initiatives.
I was also interested in and agreed with the researchers' findings that a play-based approach should be uses into Year 1, in line with the approach of many other countries.
However, I noticed that your caption stated "Mount Pleasant primary mixes learning and play depending on the maturity of its Year 1 infants".
Surely young children learn through play? It has been said that "play is a child's work". And mature infants, such as my six-year-old daughter still need to play!
Joanna Weedon 6, Orme Road Peterborough, Cambs