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Learning Spotlight on the Primary Classrooms

  • November 9, 2023

Learning Spotlight on the Primary Classrooms

Learning Through Play: A Fundamental Approach for Lower Primary Years (Ages 5-8)

In the dynamic landscape of lower primary education, we cast a special spotlight on a timeless yet increasingly essential method of learning: Learning Through Play. This approach, which lies at the heart of shaping the educational journey of our children aged 5-8, is celebrated for its ability to make learning engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable.

Play is a gateway to imagination. It serves as a canvas upon which children in lower primary school paint their dreams, ideas, and aspirations. In our classrooms, play takes on various forms, from imaginative role-play to constructing structures with blocks, from exploring the world of art to engaging with the natural environment. By providing children with the opportunity to play freely, we give wings to their creativity and originality.

Play is not just about fun; it’s a masterclass in social and emotional development. As children engage in playful scenarios, they acquire valuable life skills, including cooperation, empathy, and problem-solving. The playground becomes an arena for understanding the intricacies of human interaction, the importance of teamwork, and the art of negotiation.

Learning through play, during the lower primary years, is an intentional and structured approach. Young learners acquire fundamental concepts such as numeracy, literacy, and science through activities like interactive games, collaborative projects, and hands-on experiments. These playful experiences establish a solid foundation for future academic pursuits.

Learning through play at this stage helps children develop a profound love for learning. When students actively engage and enjoy their educational experiences, they cultivate a passion for knowledge that can last a lifetime. They realise that learning is not confined to the classroom but extends to every aspect of their lives.

Practical Ways for Caregivers to Encourage Learning Through Play at Home

Caregivers play an integral role in nurturing their child’s development through play. Here are some practical activities to consider:

  • Educational Board Games: Games like Scrabble, Monopoly, or maths-based board games provide a fun way to enhance numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Scientific Experiments: Simple home experiments can spark a child’s interest in science. Try growing plants, baking or cooking together, or exploring the properties of everyday objects.
  • Artistic Explorations: Encourage your child’s artistic expression through drawing, painting, and craft activities. It not only nurtures creativity but also fine-tunes their fine motor skills.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Nature offers endless opportunities for play and learning. Go on a nature walk, explore the park, or tend to the garden together.
  • Building and Engineering: Toys like LEGO sets or construction kits stimulate problem-solving and spatial awareness.
  • Storytelling: Engage in storytelling with your child, either by reading books or co-creating imaginative stories together.

By actively participating in these activities with your child, you create a supportive environment where learning through play becomes a daily adventure.

Sarah Jennings, Primary Curriculum Coordinator

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