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Play-based Learning in the Primary School

Play-based Learning in the Primary School

First Edition

March 2012 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

Mary Briggs is Mathematics and Education tutor at the University of Warwick.

Alice Hansen is an educational consultant who works within a number of educational settings and national bodies developing continuing professional development for teachers.

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

An excellent book which is a must read for anyone working with children. The book throughout has a variety of case studies which help put the topics into context. The last chapter gives an insight into transitions in secondary school. The book is also ideal for my learners who are thinking of going off to university.

Mrs Rachael Wilson
Education , Tyne Metropolitan College
September 10, 2012

A good introduction to the importance of play in the primary phase.

Michelle Lowe
Institute for Education Policy Research (Stoke), Staffordshire University
July 25, 2012

This book illustrates the importance of play. The chapters that are particularly of interest for the Cache Level 3 learners are: The Role of the adult and Planning for play. The whole book supports the teaching and learning units for Cache Level 3 and allows the learners to see the value of different play approaches, which clearly supports the current thinking behind the Foundation Phase Curriculum.

Mrs Cerys Summerhill-Davies
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
July 13, 2012

An excellent book. Highly recommended.

Mrs Sarah Fuller
Education, University of the West of England, Bristol
July 6, 2012

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