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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.

Using play to support learning 

Play in primary schools with a subject-based curriculum Play in primary schools with a subject-based curriculum
Appropriate learning experiences for children aged 4-8 years Appropriate learning experiences for children aged 4-8 years
Describing progression in play for children aged 4-8 years Describing progression in play for children aged 4-8 years
Planning an appropriate curriculum for children aged 4-8 years Planning an appropriate curriculum for children aged 4-8 years
Video capture.JPG Interactions during play
Starting with play.JPG Getting started with play resources

Key messages for teachers and parents 

Key messages for teachers of children aged 4-8 years Key messages for teachers of children aged 4-8 years
Supporting learning and development of children aged 4-8 years: Key messages for parents Supporting learning and development of children aged 4-8 years: Key messages for parents
A play approach.JPG A play approach to teaching and learning in your infant classroom

For a full menu of supports and resources for play in the primary classroom click here 

 

The podcasts and videos below give suggestions for planning and organising your classroom and show examples of teaching and learning through 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
Constr.JPG Resourcing construction play
Junk art.JPG Resourcing junk art play
Planning for time.JPG Planning for time
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
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

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)
Aistear: One teacher's experience over the years Aistear: One teacher's experience over the years

Mo Scéal This section of the NCCA website hosts a full suite of resources and materials related to Preschool to Primary Transition. These materials are designed to support children’s move from preschool to primary school.