Play is an essential part of learning and development for children and is an increasingly important aspect of creative approaches to teaching and learning in primary education. This book demonstrates the value of play in all its different forms as a highly effective medium for teaching and learning across the curriculum.

The authors explore how play can be used to increase engagement, motivation and fun in learning situations, examining the theoretical principles of play for learning, types of play for older children, planned and facilitating play-based learning, using thematic approaches when working with individuals, groups and whole classes, in addition to covering important teaching issues such as assessment, inclusion and transition out of primary education.

This is recommended reading for students on primary initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), and employment-based routes into teaching, and also for practicing teachers wishing to enhance their own teaching.

Play Principles for Primary or Elementary Aged Children

Play principles for primary or elementary aged children

A New Paradigm for Play

In this chapter we argue for an approach which builds upon early years practice but offers the older learners levels of challenge to enhance and extend their learning as outlined in Chapter 1, rather than merely offering them the same as the early years. Play for this age group may still have the features you might expect to see in the early years, but it is applied to specific situations and aspects of learning to facilitate progress in learning rather than being applied regardless of the context.

We are advocating a fresh look at play and suggest different types of play for 5–11-year-olds linked to a creative ...

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