Play & Learning at School: Five year olds
Play and Learning at School follows the fascinating interactions of a class of primary school children. It's towards the end of reception year and they are settled and confident. Purposeful play is seen in abundance as we get to know individuals and see what motivates them.
Watching them closely, it is evident that five year olds are capable of fantastic self-directed play that supports their development. All the prime and specific areas of the revised EYFS are in evidence, showing the real breadth of learning that is taking place in the play.
The teacher provides an enabling environment that supports their creativity, collaboration and independence. She honors their play, sometimes by engaging with it and sometimes by not getting in the way of it. She gives them time to respond to stimulus - sometimes from the environment, sometimes from an adult, sometimes from each other and to persist to their own intended outcomes.
The film challenges practitioners/students to think about what they mean by purposeful play - or whether play is just something children do when their proper work is finished.
It is made up of the following sections, which can be watched separately:
Introduction 7 mins
Let's Pretend 13 mins
The Wedding 9 mins
Playground games 7 mins
Physical Developments 10 mins
How & Why? 13 mins
Calculating & Creative Efforts 14 mins
Playing with numbers 13 mins
Chatting with Adults 10 mins
The Witch's Den 9 mins
The supporting notes, by Anne O'Connor, author and early years specialist, add lots of extra information, food for thought and will be an invaluable aid to using this versatile absorbing film. There is also a full transcript of all of the dialogue heard in the film.
1 hr 45 mins
Please note that this film will not be available for delivery until September 2012