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LEARNING THROUGH PLAY,in the early years,LEARNING THROUGH PLAY INTRODUCTION. Introduction 4,Learning Through Dramatic Play 11,Learning Through Sand Play 25. Learning Through Water Play 55,Learning Through Dough and Clay Play 81. Learning Through Table Top Play 93,Learning Through Small World Play 105. Learning Through Construction Play 123,Learning Through Creative Play 153.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY INTRODUCTION, This booklet has been compiled by the Early Years Interboard panel in response to requests by. practitioners in Early Years settings for guidelines on provision and progression in play. The methodology and suggested progression in this document is appropriate for the proposed. Foundation Stage as recommended by CCEA, It is proposed that teachers will use this resource as a starting point for their own planning. We hope you find it useful,Early Years Interboard Panel. Dawn Crosby SEELB Nuala Heaney WELB,Una Crossey NEELB Anne McDermott SEELB. Liz Crowe BELB Marilyn Warren BELB,Clare Devlin SELB.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY INTRODUCTION,ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. This resource was designed and compiled by members of the Early Years Interboard Panel We are particularly grateful to. the following teachers for their contribution, Doreen O Neill St Joseph s Nursery Unit SELB Patricia Dunne St Eithne s Primary School WELB. Lornette McAlister Abercorn Primary School SELB Hazel Harris Gracehill Primary School NEELB. We would like to thank the Assistant Senior Education Officers of the five Education and Library Boards for their. encouragement and for their financial support, The Interboard Panel is also grateful to officers at CCEA for their technical support in the design and production of the file. Thank you also to those schools who allowed us to include photographs of play sessions. Ballymoney N S Black Mountain P S Bligh s Lane N S Downpatrick N S Dunclug N S Glenwood P S Kylemore N S. Magherafelt N S Omagh County P S St John the Baptist N S and Trinity N S Bangor. Finally a special word of thanks to Lorraine Noble SEELB for her endless patience and her faultless word processing skills. LEARNING THROUGH PLAY INTRODUCTION,A RATIONALE FOR PLAY. Our thinking about play has been influenced over the years by the work of many educationalists. psychologists researchers and practitioners and much has been written about how young. children learn and how adults can support this learning. In the opening chapter of her book Early Childhood Education Tina Bruce traces this history of. research from Rousseau and Kant in the 18th century the 19th century practitioners like Froebel. Montessori and Steiner and on through to 20th century thinkers like Piaget Vygotsky and Bruner. At this point in time our knowledge base is being challenged further by the work of Howard. Gardner Ferre Laevers Loris Malaguzzi Chris Athey and others. What has emerged from all of this thinking is a set of common principles to which all early years. practitioners can sign up,LEARNING THROUGH PLAY INTRODUCTION.
10 COMMON PRINCIPLES OF EARLY YEARS EDUCATION, 1 The best way to prepare children for their adult life is to give 6 There are times when children are especially able to learn. them what they need as children particular things, 2 Children are whole people who have feelings ideas and 7 What children can do rather that what they cannot do is the. relationships with others and who need to be physically starting point of a child s education. mentally morally and spiritually healthy, 8 Imagination creativity and all kinds of symbolic behaviour. 3 Subjects such as mathematics and art cannot be separated reading writing drawing dancing music mathematical. young children learn in an integrated way and not in neat numbers algebra role play and talking develop and emerge. tidy compartments when conditions are favourable, 4 Children learn best when they are given appropriate 9 Relationships with other people both adults and children are. responsibility allowed to make errors decisions and choices of central importance in a child s life. and respected as autonomous learners, 10 Quality education is about three things the child the context.
5 Self discipline is emphasised Indeed this is the only kind of in which learning takes place and the knowledge and. discipline worth having Reward systems are very short term understanding which the child develops and learns. and do not work in the long term Children need their efforts. to be valued Tina Bruce, These principles underpin our Early Years curriculum and guide our planning Well planned and. well resourced play activities which allow for progression in a child s thinking and understanding can. provide the context in which these principles become the reality for all our children. LEARNING THROUGH PLAY INTRODUCTION,WHAT IS PROGRESSION. Progression in play reflects the observation and assessment of children s knowledge skills and. attitudes in order to provide developmentally appropriate experiences Children come to. pre school already as skilled learners Through our observations assessment and professional. judgement we gain valuable insights into how each one learns best This information informs our. planning to meet the needs of each individual child Progression in play comes about as a result. of a real understanding of the interests needs and experiences of the child. As practitioners we need to understand that there must be a progression in the provision of. activities to meet the developmental needs of children. LEARNING THROUGH PLAY INTRODUCTION,THERE ARE 2 STRANDS OF PROGRESSION WHICH. IMPACT ON EACH OTHER,Strand 1 Strand 2,Progression in Learning Progression in Provision. knowledge understanding skills and attitudes extending experiences and resources the adult s role. Experimental Play There are two important aspects to extending quality play. Child says What is this,Child plays alone extending the provision.
Child plays with little organisation the nature of the adults role e g interacting facilitating. Child moves material or equipment from one area to another or. spreads over floor indiscriminately Children need help to extend their play Adults can contribute to the. Child builds up and knocks down e g construction material development of abstract thinking for example by adding resources. Child explores properties of materials e g stacking balancing and props by asking open ended questions and posing exciting. rolling pouring filling pushing pulling challenges. Child displays little or no language or conversation related to. materials or equipment,Making and Doing,Child says What does this do. Child builds recognisable structures with a purpose which are. meaningful to them e g series of towers bridges horizontal and. vertical structures names given to structures,Parallel play is evident. Child begins to solve problems of balance shape distance. Conversation relating to material developing among the children. LEARNING THROUGH PLAY INTRODUCTION,Strand 1 Strand 2. Progression in Learning Progression in Provision, knowledge understanding skills and attitudes extending experiences and resources the adults role. Imagining and Thinking The Role of the Adults, Child says What can I we do with this The adults will facilitate the progression in learning by planning.
appropriate activities,Child involved in group planning and organisation. Child builds more complicated structures e g roof and windows They will. Support children in their play,Child uses props signs labels. Provide good quality resources, Child uses a variety of resources in an imaginative way. Be aware of the potential learning in all areas of the curriculum. Interest is often maintained for several days,Model skills involved in play. Interact with the children asking questions and making suggestions. to support their learning, Be familiar with key vocabulary model and support children in.
their use of key words, Work alongside children modelling skills and attitudes. Read with children from fiction non fiction books plans instruction. Scribe children s ideas and thoughts and display their work. Observe children s learning and use of the provision. Assess children s development progress to inform planning for. future learning,LEARNING THROUGH DRAMATIC PLAY,in the early years. LEARNING THROUGH DRAMATIC PLAY,DRAMATIC PLAY,Dramatic Play gives children the opportunity to. Express themselves,Explore language freely, Explore feelings and find out about themselves and others. Develop co operation care consideration and control. Exercise choice and make decisions, Use mathematical language and develop mathematical concepts.
Develop a range of motor skills, Use their skills to make the things needed for their play and adapt as necessary. Explore a fantasy world of their own creation,LEARNING THROUGH DRAMATIC PLAY. THE DEVELOPMENT OF DRAMATIC PLAY, It used to be thought that children s dramatic play developed through similar stages to that of other forms of. Co operative, It has been shown that each of these types of play is evident at each stage of development and at some. stages more of a particular style will dominate, Children imitate the people around them by recreating scenes from everyday life and acting out familiar.
roles From this imaginative play develops as they develop the ability to incorporate narrative into their play. As they grow their ability to imagine exerts greater influence on the nature of their play Their play becomes. increasingly complex and the narratives which are created include more characters and episodes. The imaginary world children create enables them to realize in their imagination the things that cannot be. realized in reality Fantasy play contributes to children s creativity and imagination and should be. encouraged, Adapted from Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years by Bernadette Duffy. LEARNING THROUGH DRAMATIC PLAY,RELEVANT LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. Language development runs through all dramatic play activities Talking and listening skills. developed through dramatic play form the narratives which are the basis of reading and writing. Opportunities to develop reading and writing occur within meaningful contexts in a role play. In role play situations children can experiment with the. language they have acquired as well as new vocabulary. they are introduced to in school, Specific vocabulary and use of language is dependent on. the type of imaginative play offered to the children. LEARNING THROUGH DRAMATIC PLAY,Home Corner,KITCHEN LIVING ROOM BEDROOM. kitchen furniture e g sink cooker cupboard table sofa beds. chairs fridge microwave dishwasher rubber gloves chair cots. cups saucers cutlery pots spice rack vacuum T V bed clothes. cleaner pans cooking baking utensils timer clock video dolls. ice cube tray vases tablecloth towels cloths iron magazine rack sets of dolls clothes. and ironing board rubber gloves dusters brush and paintings all purpose clothing with velcro fastenings. dustpan broom kettle apron toaster variety of ornaments hats. containers shopping basket bags lunch boxes real flowers lengths of material. food or play materials representing food notice cushions cloaks. board writing implements recipe books shopping newspapers hangers. list first aid kit hot water bottle flowers postcards cat dressing table. dog mirror,telephone and directories jewellery,plants handbags.
guides variety of scarves,telephone and address book. These principles underpin our Early Years curriculum and guide our planning Well planned and well resourced play activities which allow for progression in a child s thinking and understanding can provide the context in which these principles become the reality for all our children 1 The best way to prepare children for their adult life is to give them what they need as children 2

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