I notice going into Term 2 that our children (almost 30 of them, soon to be over this) are very able to self-direct their play. They play with a range of people, they create, they invent, they negotiate and they are also keen and engaged during teacher directed sessions, we very rarely have behavioural issues...
So why is this, why do I think we've been able to achieve a play-based class that so far ticks along in a lovely balanced way?
So I should say first that I am no expert and the way I have set up my play-based class is just me following my gut...I am myself only 18 months into this journey, I am by no means an expert.
1)To begin the year children are just allowed to play...we do not take any specific teacher directed sessions, we just let them settle in.
2)We start straight away using drama games, these are awesome for encouraging learning talk.
3)We use class dojo big idea videos. These are based on growth mindset and persistence. The children love love love them. We really focus on our brain being like a muscle and challenge being good for us.
4)We create our own little videos with the puppets, the puppets talk about having the same worries and issues that our new entrant children may have, we then help them with these issues.
5)We use the dip.