We don’t believe in chaining children to their desks. Numerous studies show that children (and adults for that matter) learn better if they have breaks in between learning processes. We maximize our recess periods and take the children outside all-year round, which makes for fitter, slimmer, and healthier kids whose achievement is measurably higher in the classroom.
Cutting recess time, as practiced by many schools, does not make room for more efficient learning time. Instead it simply results in unmotivated, tired students whose ability to learn and comprehend drops sharply. On the contrary, being exposed regularly to sun light and fresh air staves off possible depression in kids. But don’t just take our word for it. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/24/health/24well.html?_r=0