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Emma is a Teaching Assistant who works for Protocol Education in Wolverhampton

“It’s spitting! Everybody in!” Peter Kay may have been joking when he said this, but these words ring more than a little true in primary school playgrounds for years.  What is it about a little drizzle of rain that sends dinner ladies running for cover?  It’s like it’s their kryptonite! It’s not just true for a couple of schools, but for every school I have worked at (and I can tell you that number is not few).

At one primary school the dinner ladies refused to allow the children outside because it looked like it may rain.  As it was not a single droplet fell that lunch time and we all returned to a messy class and rowdy children.  And that’s the problem.  Children need fresh air , they need to release their pent up energy.  On wet play days you can pretty much guarantee a difficult afternoon of learning, more so if the day is also windy.  I wonder if that’s part of the reason literacy and numeracy are mostly taught in the morning?

But what is the harm in rain? Sure if there’s a deluge then keep the children inside. But anything less could be caught by a well buttoned up coat, a pair of wellies and dare I suggest, a hood?  I’m yet to meet anyone who is allergic to rain, with the possible exception of dinner ladies that is. Ok, so what if a few coats get damp, isn’t that the point of them? So what if a few children splash in a puddle? Water shouldn’t be something to fear! After all no child is yet to drown from a muddy puddle in the playground.

Having recently spent some time at a nursery, I have re-discovered the joy of all weather fun.  If it rained the children buttoned up their coats and pulled on their wellies.  We took the opportunity to go on a mini beast hunt, looking for the worms that returned to the surface. And used magnifying glasses to inspect the water droplets on the leaves of trees.

After all rain isn’t so bad and living in England, like short summers and late trains, rain is just something we need to learn to live with.

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