Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 23, 2011

CHILDREN BANNED FROM PLAYING TAG IN SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

SENTENCE COMPLETION

Read the following text and choose which of the sentences below fits into the numbered gaps. There are FOUR extra sentences which do not fit in any of the gaps. Blank 0 has been answered as an example.

 

CHILDREN BANNED FROM PLAYING TAG IN SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

In an age when childhood innocence is under threat from every direction, 0) _____________________________________________________________________.

But headmistress Susan Tuck doesn’t think so. She has banned it along with all other games which involve physical contact as “inappropriate behaviour”.

Youngsters aged five to 11 at Bracebridge Heath Primary School near Lincoln have been told there will be no kiss-chase[1], and even linking arms with each other will not be allowed.

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Mrs. Tuck became concerned that playground games were becoming too rough after a number of instances of bumped heads.

She said the next move would be slowly to reintroduce “supervised and appropriate physical contact between pupils”.

“A minority of pupils persistently offended on the playground,” she said. 2)____________________________________________________________________

“I told the children we should start by having no physical contact to start this on a level playing field.”

“I couldn’t say to the boys that they couldn’t play certain games and then allow the girls to go around linking arms.”

“I think on the first day the children thought ‘how is this going to work?’ 3) ____________________________________________________________________

“Pupils are more creative, playing games like shadow tag [2]to replace the real thing. Rather than shoving [3]each other roughly on the back you try to jump on their shadow.”

The school’s move is the latest in a series of instances across Britain where traditional games have been deemed [4]dangerous. Conkers and even football are among those which have paid the price of caution.

On its website, Bracebridge Heath Primary states: “Our children thrive in an environment in which every child is made to feel happy and secure.”

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One said: “I can’t say I’m happy with it. I can’t see it does much for children learning to play together.”

Another said: “Children have been playing games like this for centuries. 5) ________________________________________________________________”

John Giblin, a spokesman for Lincolnshire council’s education department, said: “It is up to individual schools and governors to decide what they do in their playtimes.”

Liz Carnell, of the charity Bullying Online, said: “Parents these days are very quick to complain if a child does get hurt at school so maybe the school is just trying to cover this eventuality.

“But I don’t think this will stop bullying as it will never stop name-calling. Supervised games with an older child or a teacher watching is perhaps the answer.”

Adapted from© The daily Mail

  1. “That needed to be dealt with.”
  2. “Now I have spoken to some of them and they think the playground has become a lot calmer.”
  3. But parents at the school appeared more bemused [5]than supportive over the ban.
  4. Educators worry about “kids running into one another” and getting hurt.
  5. Some traditional childhood games are disappearing from school playgrounds because educators say they’re dangerous.
  6. F.       the traditional game of tag would seem an unlikely offender
  7. The only time any of the 400 pupils can touch each other is if they need to help a classmate who has fallen over.
  8. To ban them from touching each other is just ridiculous.
  9. Two parents complained to her about the ban, but most parents and children didn’t object.

 

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[1] Kiss chase is a tag variant in which tagging is performed by kissing. All members of one gender are ‘it’ at once and chase the opposite sex until everyone is caught, when the roles are reversed.

[2] Shadow tag: In shadow tag, players try to step on the shadow of another player to tag them, and can be played in schools where games involving physical contact are banned.

[3] To shove: to push someone or something forcefully.

[4] To deem: to consider.

[5] Bemused: slightly confused.

On a level playing feld: a situation that is fair for all the people involved.

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