Tma04 E111 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

According to the ethical guidelines written by The British Educational Research Association (Bera, 2011) the names of children and schools in this assignment have been changed in order to maintain confidentiality.


In this TMA, I intend to show my understanding of the importance of how play and creativity can be imbedded in the school day.   Also, how play and creativity can be encouraged across the curriculum. I will also discuss the six core learning processes in play and demonstrate what I identified during playtime.

Play gives opportunities for a natural and enjoyable way to learn which is meaningful and purposeful to the pupil.   Play can allow children to access the curriculum and build on previous experiences.

Through play children can engage and be motivated, it can remove barriers to learning that some children may have.   Play also incorporates many facets of a child's learning and development and is important at any age as cited by Dobson, 2004 The Open University, 2013 Book 2 p.154 'It isn't just physical. It can involve cognitive, imaginative, creative, emotional and social aspects'.

Creativity is an essential part of the school curriculum and can been seen in many ways and is not just restricted to drama, literacy or arts and crafts. There are many other ways to be creative in learning, for example; creative thinking.   As discussed in Study Topic 14: 'Creativity and Learning', The Open University, 2013 p.185 Martha and Grant thought up a creative way in how the children in their class can think of new ideas for them to take to the school council meeting. They set up discussion activities where the pupils came up with suggestions for developing their school.

During this TMA I will be discussing Key Stage 1 (KS1) playing outside in the school playground and the benefits it has to children's learning and development. There are many reasons why spontaneous play and socialising in the playground is important.

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