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.

Including All Learners in Play

Including all learners in play

An entitlement to learning must be an entitlement for all pupils … to ensure that all pupils have a chance to succeed, whatever their individual needs and the potential barriers to learning might be. (DfES/QCA 1999: 3)


This chapter will explore the issue of making play accessible for all learners in primary or elementary education regardless of any specific additional needs they might have which need to be taken into account. In doing so we do not go into detail about specific needs; instead we discuss a number of generic considerations that apply to most children at any time. We would argue that by adopting a play-based approach the issues of access for the adults to deal ...

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