Play-based Learning in the Primary School
- Mary Briggs - Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
- Alice Hansen - Education Consultant
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, graduate, and employment-based routes into teaching, and also for practicing teachers wishing to enhance their own teaching.
'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 ComptonBishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln
This book makes you realise how important play is in children's education not only in EYFS but also in other primary year groups.
An accessible text which would be useful for students.
This is an excellent resource for the early years practitioner.
Clear chapter headings and learning objectives. Excellent balance between exposition, discussion points and case studies. Useful curriculum links.
This book includes wide ranging aspects of play including recent and relvant material. As an introductory text the content is useful for undergraduate and postgraduate courses for practitoners. Generic aspects of play are presented succinctly. Especuially useful is the attention to older puils. Succinct case studies enhance the overll content. The role of adults is clearly outlined and the often difficult area of assessment is discussed. Overall, the book addresses current concerns and requirements for all areas of th UK.
A very accessible text for anyone trying to implement curriculum changes. Clearly structured and would be very useful for students.
Very highly recommended
Useful text, good reflection points available throughout
A clearly written exposition of the role of play based learning within school which the students find helpful and informative.