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.
Planning for Play
Planning for Play
It is also naïve to think that good play environments can be achieved only through design. (Hart, 2002: 14)
In this chapter we look at the issues around planning for play activities with primary aged children and how both adults and children can be involved in the planning and organisation of play environments. It will include discussion of the design and planning of environments, as well as the development of environments through spontaneous events in the classroom and outside as a response to children's interests and ideas. This chapter will typically raise questions about how we stimulate play with older learners and how we allow the element of choice within activities for the children.
To begin we need to revisit what the ...