‘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 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.