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Developments in the Early Years of Primary

Teachers use play across the curriculum in junior and senior infant classrooms. The podcasts and videos on this page give suggestions for planning and organising your classroom and show examples of teaching and learning through play.

The podcasts and videos below give suggestions for planning and organising your classroom and show examples of teaching and learning through play.

Organising my junior infant classroom Organising my junior infant classroom
Organising time during play Organising time during play
Starting with play resources Starting with play resources
Resourcing socio-dramatic play Resourcing socio-dramatic play
Resourcing junk art and construction play Resourcing junk art and construction play
Resourcing literacy and numeracy Resourcing literacy and numeracy
Using open-ended accessories and materials Using open-ended accessories and materials
Organising an hour of play Organising an hour of play
Planning playtime Planning playtime
Daily play routine Daily play routine
Children reviewing play Children reviewing play
A ‘ready classroom’: ensuring children have regular breaks to support learning in junior infants A ‘ready classroom’: ensuring children have regular breaks to support learning in junior infants
A ‘ready classroom’: providing opportunities for meaningful art experiences in junior infants A ‘ready classroom’: providing opportunities for meaningful art experiences in junior infants
A ‘ready classroom’: starting to use play-based pedagogies in junior infants A ‘ready classroom’: starting to use play-based pedagogies in junior infants
A ready classroom: Using more play-based pedagogies in a special school A ready classroom: Using more play-based pedagogies in a special school
A ‘ready classroom’: using experiential learning in junior infants A ‘ready classroom’: using experiential learning in junior infants
A principal’s experience of using Aistear and play-based pedagogies A principal’s experience of using Aistear and play-based pedagogies

Below are podcasts on Understanding and Developing Play by Prof Elizabeth Wood for primary classrooms.

Understanding the teacher’s role during play

The teacher's role in play The teacher's role in play
The Travel Agent The Travel Agent
The teaching principal's experience The teaching principal's experience
S Brennan: My journey as an infant teacher S Brennan: My journey as an infant teacher

Curriculum objectives through play

Capacity through water play Capacity through water play
Numeracy in role play Numeracy in role play
Sorting farm animals Sorting farm animals
Money in market play Money in market play

Using topics

The Pet Shop The Pet Shop
The Garden Centre The Garden Centre
Curriculum integration Curriculum integration
Playful approach to teaching Playful approach to teaching
Progression: junior to senior infants Progression: junior to senior infants
Children's thoughts on play Children's thoughts on play

Teacher-child interactions

Interactions during play Interactions during play

Assessing during play

Observing and assessing play Observing and assessing play

Supporting holistic learning and development through visual arts

Helping young children to develop positive learning dispositions

Using artistic provocations to support holistic learning and development in the primary school curriculum (4-8 years) Using artistic provocations to support holistic learning and development in the primary school curriculum (4-8 years)
Using the visual arts to support holistic learning and development in the primary school curriculum (4-8 years) Using the visual arts to support holistic learning and development in the primary school curriculum (4-8 years)
Three ideas for supporting visual arts in an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum (Birth-6 years) Three ideas for supporting visual arts in an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum (Birth-6 years)