I bet she did more than that really. My dc have all been a bit reluctant to tell me what they've done at school. In year 1 the standard answer has been that they've been playing games or just sitting around. There's always loads of written work to look at at parents' evening though!
it may have been that the infant teachers were not in the union and therefore couldn't go on strike.
She must have done something all day - and mine when asked would only ever talk about playtime and lunchtime - rarely told what they had done in the classroom. I have no idea why - maybe they didn't register what they did in the classroom !
In scotland we had less teachers on strike, so our school was fully open. It was the last day of term yesterday. Before now they always had a half day for the last day. Councillors or someone decided that it was a daft idea, because the kids did nothing for the half-day so it was pointless, so the school would not close on a full day.
The result being - the kids did nothing for the full day. What a stroke of genius
Well with all the fuss made by parents about finding/funding childcare for the day, perhaps they felt they were doing the parents a bit of a favour!
If they open the school to the children they need to ensure high attendance for Ofsted purposes (as discussed at great length on another thread recently) otherwise it reflects very badly on them.
Sometimes schools will go 'off timetable' for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps the infant teachers felt that with the juniors out it seemed inappropriate to do 'formal learning' with the little infants. They'd probably planned some fun stuff which the children perceived as just playing when in fact they were learning.
FWIW, children aren't left to just play all day in school. It doesn't take long for it to break down and for squabbles to start!
I wouldn't worry too much, it was just one day and it sounds like she really enjoyed herself.
I think it's a positive sign if children are having so much fun at school that they describe their days activities as 'playing'. Infant classes do a lot of learning through 'play'.
Also, I have often asked my DC what they did during the day, to be met with the answer 'nothing'. Then hours later,when they feel like talking about school, they mention what they've been doing and it is never 'nothing'.
I used to hear children from a class I worked in telling their parents they had "watched a video" today and the parents had visions of them sitting for 2 hrs watching Cars. In fact they were watching a one episode of a series of ten minute BBC Schools phonics programmes that the class teacher had recorded!
Moral of this is: don't believe what infants tell you