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Play-based Learning in the Primary School

Play-based Learning in the Primary School

First Edition


April 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, graduate, 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 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.

Mrs Malgorzata Hirst
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
March 14, 2016

An accessible text which would be useful for students.

September 1, 2015

This is an excellent resource for the early years practitioner.

School of Education, Roehampton University
October 3, 2014

Clear chapter headings and learning objectives. Excellent balance between exposition, discussion points and case studies. Useful curriculum links.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
July 10, 2013

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.

Mr John Humphreys, MEd,MA
School of Education, Bangor University
April 11, 2013

A very accessible text for anyone trying to implement curriculum changes. Clearly structured and would be very useful for students.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
March 26, 2013

Very highly recommended

Mrs Donna O'Connor
EYCYP, NWRC Strabane Campus
November 20, 2012

Useful text, good reflection points available throughout

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
October 29, 2012

A clearly written exposition of the role of play based learning within school which the students find helpful and informative.

Mrs Jean Bourne
Community Studies, Herefordshire College of Technology
October 11, 2012

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