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Play-based Learning in the Primary School

by Mary Briggs and Alice Hansen SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
03/2012
ISBN:
9780857028242
Format:
Pbk 152 pages
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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.

What is play in the primary or elementary school? Play principles for primary or elementary aged children Types of play for primary school children Play in the primary curriculum The role of the teacher and other adults in play Planning for play Assessment of play-based approaches to learning Including all learners in play Transition into secondary school

'Play-based learning has long been accepted as a central part of learning in the Early Years but it is refreshing to have a book advocating its use throughout the primary years and beyond. This book clearly addresses the main issues about play that will concern many teachers: What does play look like for older pupils? How do I plan play-based learning? What is my role when children are playing? What sort of learning will take place? How will I assess it? The many case studies demonstrate how play-based learning can take place successfully in a variety of settings and across the curriculum. I think that teachers using this book will find their children more engaged, more independent and learning more successfully' -Ashley Compton
Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln
Mary Briggs is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick where she teaches across a range of the Institute's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Mary was an Early Years, primary and SEN teacher for many years, including deputy and headship before working as an academic in the University sector. Alice Hansen is an educational consultant. Prior to this, Alice worked in higher education as a principal lecturer in mathematics education and as the programme leader for the Primary PgCE with QTS programme. She has worked in a wide range of primary schools in England and abroad. Aliceas research interests include early years and primary childrenas mathematical thinking.