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.

Assessment of Play-Based Approaches to Learning

Assessment of Play-Based Approaches to Learning

Assessment of play-based approaches to learning


In this chapter we look at assessing and making judgements about what has actually been learnt during play activities for primary or elementary aged children. We will also explore how evidence of learning might be accessed, collected and evaluated, linking to more general materials about assessment.

A key question to ask is, ‘Why might it be helpful for assessment of learning to take place?’ We usually make assessments in order to:

  • plan the next steps in learning and teaching
  • give feedback to the learners to motivate them in the process of learning
  • allow children to engage in a dialogue about their learning
  • provide information for parents and carers about progress in learning
  • evaluate teaching and resources including the learning spaces ...
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