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.

Types of Play for Primary School Children

Types of play for primary school children


In Chapter 2 we put the case for exploring the use of play as a medium for learning across the primary school. In this chapter we develop different types of play suitable for those children. These take the principles of play through an evolving context where there is an increase in the number of subject areas and the range of knowledge expected as children move through their primary education. In each of the different types of play we offer short ideas based upon actual practice or suggested practice to illustrate the possibilities of working in this way and identify some of the skills that children are developing during these activities. Just as ...

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