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.

Transition to Secondary School

Transition to secondary school


The transition from primary to secondary school is well documented in the literature as a significant time in children's lives (Pratt and George, 2005) and should not be underestimated given that it is ‘one of the most difficult in pupils’ educational careers' (Zeedyk et al., 2003: 67). We have found that one of the reasons some teachers feel that a play-based approach is less appropriate for children who will enter secondary schooling in the next few years is because the teachers feel they have to ‘prepare’ children for this transition and life beyond. This chapter has been written in an attempt to dispel this myth.

This chapter focuses on two aspects of transition to secondary or post-11 education. We ...

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