The Early Years Learning Framework defines play-based learning as ‘a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations’. Our children learn so much through play. Play based learning allows children to be explorers, investigators, risk takers, creators and problem solvers all which are important for developing literacy, numeracy and social skills.
Play based experiences are planned so they incorporate the literacy, numeracy, STEM or social skills that children are currently learning in the classroom. The teachers’ role during play based learning is to provide opportunities to scaffold, challenge, question and guide students thinking and learning. For example, the students playing in the restaurant area are supported to write or draw a menu for their restaurant. The student who is interested in trains may be encouraged to discuss and create a book about trains.
To support the importance of play and learning and to celebrate the completion of our Nature play area, Hackham East Primary will be taking part in Outdoor Classroom Day.
Outdoor Classroom Day is a GLOBAL campaign that is happening on Thursday 1 November. The aim is to get children outdoors to play and learn at school, and as part of their everyday lives. To celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day, we have organised some great learning opportunities for our students to take part in and we would love our Hackham East Primary School families to join us.
Our students will be working with a buddy class and the learning activities will begin at 9:00am and run throughout the day.
More information regarding the Outdoor Learning Day activities will be posted on Facebook pages closer to the date. Come for one session or stay for the day.
Claire McGarvey, Senior Leader