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.

The Role of the Teacher and other Adults in Play

The role of the teacher and other adults in play


Teachers and other adults have numerous roles in different types of play-based learning. This chapter will explore the complexity of these roles. In doing so, it will not give a ‘one size fits all’ guide to the roles because all learners approach play-based learning differently and all teachers and other adults have their own interpretation of what play-based learning looks like in the classroom. Instead, the chapter explores a number of ways of conceiving the roles of adults and children and invites you to consider which ways will work for you in your situation.

Control, Power and Ownership in Play

At a general level, adults' roles are fairly ...

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