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Furious parents have blasted a primary school for 'strict' school rules which ban their five-year-olds from choosing who they play with during breaks.
At Welton Primary School in Brough, East Yorkshire, pupils are divided into colour-coded groups and must take part in an activity determined by the school - a policy which they claim helps children make 'good progress'.
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Activities offered by the school include playground games, den building, rounders, tennis, inventions shed, drawing, top trumps, table tennis and cricket nets.
Pupils who want to sit and chat with their friends can do so in a quiet area, and peer mentors are there to look after children who can't find anyone to play with.
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Concerns over the rules were raised after the school's headteacher sent a letter to parents telling them that teachers 'actively discourage' socialising in the classroom.
The letter informs parents new classes are formed each year in a 'strategy' which enables pupils to 'develop and build skills that will be very important to them as they grow up'.
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One mother, whose child is moving into Year 1, described actively discouraging socialisation as 'horrific'.
She said: 'The kids are dictated to about who they are to play with - it's weird.
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'It's the only free time they have. It would be like telling a colleague they had eat lunch with somebody specific.
'The kids are banded like yellow etc. and that's who they have to play with. They should be able to free play. Apparently the "children come in calmer".'
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She said she spent a lot of time researching schools before her child joined last year, but was not made aware of the playground rules from Year 1 upwards and also did not know classes were mixed up each year.
She said: 'I really don't know what is going on in the headteacher's head, saying socialisation is...
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