When children learn, we need to think about how they learn. These are the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
Playing and Exploring (having interests, using available resources)
Active Learning (having a go, persevering, concentrating)
Creating and Thinking Critically (having ideas and trying them out, solving problems)
At school, children develop these through their Independent Learning (play). We also have taught sessions, such as Phonics and Maths, and hopefully children will use what they have learned in their own play. We will always encourage children to try things, offer support where needed and help them to make the right choices, but we not always telling children what to do as they need opportunities to explore and develop their own ideas. We feel this is very important and this is at the heart of how children learn. Children will not become independent unless they are allowed to do things for themselves.
Here are some examples of how we see the Characteristics of Effective Learning in children’s play.