The Importance of Play

This week OSC hosted a parent workshop looking at the importance of play in the early years of schooling. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend but to those that were not, we hope the following excerpts from the presentation will give you some insights with which to ponder.

Firstly, what do you believe play is and what is play-based learning? What might you see, hear and think whilst watching children at play? Now watch the following TED talk and compare your own beliefs to those of an expert.

We can learn here that the following can be visible and audible during many different play opportunities:

  • control
  • choice
  • exploration
  • inquiry
  • engagement
  • transferable skills
  • research
  • courage
  • happiness
  • creativity
  • communication
  • fun
  • therapy
  • discovery
  • friendship

At school we structure play by setting up meaningful provocations. These open doorways for developing creativity, critical thinking, and meaningful questioning habits. They inspire the beginning of exploration. These provocations can be called the “capture step” to pique a learner’s interest. A teacher might ask themselves what’s the first thing we can do, not say, to grab their attention and hold it?

What does the Primary Years Programme aim to do in the early years?

The PYP lays the foundations for future learning capabilities by developing confidence, skills, real-life connections and positive learning habits and attitudes. Children will be encouraged to draw, measure, construct, talk, express themselves, problem-solve, share, compare, reason, take risks and justify their opinions. Thus, their capacity in oral, written and visual language will benefit as well as their capacity in numeracy.

The OSC Makerspace!

Take time to visit our Makerspace upstairs above the canteen. Ms MJ collaborates with teachers to create meaningful play experiences that connect to other learning areas for authenticity and relevant learning. Read the following article to find out more about Makerspaces, physical spaces in many schools across the globe.

The Case for School Makerspaces, According to Those Who Use Them

What can you do? It’s simple. Play with your children. Be a player yourself…By doing so you will be…

  • Giving children voice
  • Modeling inquiring behaviours
  • Modeling reading and writing behaviours
  • Learning alongside each other
  • Fostering a love of learning through experience
  • Enjoying yourself!