1st Edition

Exploring Play in the Primary Classroom

By Gill Beardsley, Penelope Harnett Copyright 1999
    144 Pages
    by David Fulton Publishers

    First Published in 1999. This innovative series is an ideal means of supporting professional practice in the post-Dearing era, when a new focus on the quality of teaching and learning is possible. The series promotes reflexive teaching and active forms of pupil learning. Using a number of case studies this book explores the authors’ fascination for the ways in which children use imaginative play to explore their ideas about the world. In pretend play and drama activities they often re-enact their experiences, coming to terms with cognitive challenges which they might not otherwise resolve.

    What is so special about play?; play in classrooms - contexts and opportunities; how do we find out what children learn through play?; scripting play - exploring narratives; play at the core - exploring literacy and numeracy; exploring history through play; from play into drama; conclusion - play and practice.


    Gill Beardsley, with Penelope Harnett