Play based learning

‘It is becoming increasingly clear through research on the brain as well as in other areas of study, that childhood needs play. Play acts as a forward feed mechanism into courageous, creative, rigorous thinking in adulthood.’ Tina Bruce.

Our younger students engage in structured play based learning regularly based on the following:
 To build a bridge between preschool years and the early years at school – smooth transition
 For all children, particularly boys, to engage deeply and meaningfully with their learning environment
 For children to learn that the skills of literacy and numeracy are meaningful and useful parts of everyday life
 For children to have more authentic opportunities to learn social skills, conflict resolution, problem solving, decision making and independence.
 For children to enjoy school
 For children to have opportunities that reflect their own culture as well as to have exposure to new concepts and experiences
 To move away from pre-planned sequences of predetermined topics
 For children to have more authentic and frequent opportunities to have their learning personalised and to build skills of personal reflection,
intention and evaluation early in school life.