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Play Based Learning Programme


Subject Knowledge Focus

Importance of Play

Aims of Sessions

In this session you will :

Investigate theories around the importance of play

Investigate how play links to wider child development including:

  • brain development
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language development

Look closely at how play is integral to the whole school ethos at Dixons Allerton Academy and how this links with the research discussed

Observe children learning through play

Observe how Teachers effectively facilitate and support learning through play

Suggested reading and other support

‘Interaction between Learning and Development’ L. Vygotsky (1978)

‘The Psychology of the Child’ Piaget (1969)

‘The Education of Man’ - Froebel (1885)

Lead School and tutors

Chris Currie


Subject Knowledge Focus

The Importance of Play 2

Aims of Session

In this session you will:

  • Begin to understand the importance of play throughout the whole of childhood and especially in the primary school
  • Develop an awareness of some of the prominent theories of play
  • Begin to develop a pedagogy of how children learn and how to provide a curriculum and environment to support this
  • Understand how play and active learning can continue to be valued and part of learning in KS1 and KS2


1 afternoon delivered early September


A reading list will be given which will focus on developing your own knowledge of the importance of play.

Preparatory Tasks

Some knowledge of child development to link to theories of play

Outline of Session

  • A discussion of the kind of learners and learning that we value in our schools.
  • An outline of some theories of play.
  • A discussion of how children learn effectively
  • An opportunity to play and explore
  • An opportunity to see play opportunities in classroom provision
  • How to provide an enabling environment

How to provide opportunities for children to become learners for life

Outcomes linked to standards

1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils

2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils

3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge

4. Plan and teach well-structured lessons

5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils

6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment

7. Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment

8. Fulfil wider professional responsibilities

Lead School and tutors

Kathrine Nutting

Sam Currie