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 in the Primary Curriculum

Play in the primary curriculum


In the previous chapters we provided a theoretical framework for the remainder of the book. Chapter 1 discussed a range of definitions of play and highlighted the need for you to develop your own definition of ‘play’. Chapter 2 identified the principles that underpin the notion of play in this book. It presented children as autonomous, creative, investigating, problem-solving, reflective and social learners. This shifts the way some may conceptualise teaching. Rather than the teacher being the ‘expert’ who is required to fill children's knowledge stores as if they are empty vessels, these principles identify all children as having the potential to learn complex concepts at any age. Finally, Chapter 3 presented types of play that ...

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