Play: The Four Letter Word in Primary School

Play: The Four Letter Word in Primary School

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As a researcher, facilitator and advocate of teaching and learning through play in the primary school sector, I am continually asked “it all sounds great, and we know the benefits – but what do we call it….because it can’t just be called play”.Decades of research...... Read more

Dramatic Play and Urges

Dramatic Play and Urges

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When children are engaged in dramatic, creative play of their own choosing, they are operating at a high level of cognitive and social development. Dramatic play allows space for the development of executive functioning skills, identified now as key skills for the modern adult world.Almost three...... Read more

Authentic Adventurer or Keeper of Knowledge?

Authentic Adventurer or Keeper of Knowledge?

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As a part-time educator and homeschooling family, we are extremely fortunate to be able to enable individualised and tailored learning opportunities for our children within our home-learning environment. When I work with teachers to examine how to do just this in a class-setting, I am very...... Read more

Providing Time for Dramatic Play

Providing Time for Dramatic Play

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-Learning at Longworth Forest- How many Parents and Teachers take the time to sit and watch a child’s dramatic play? The demands placed on our daily lives do not often allow us the privilege of spending time observing and listening. If we decided to prioritise what learning is important in...... Read more