Category Archives: Play

To post comments on thinking, reading or writing about play and play theory in this blog – or elsewhere.

Sense of Purpose

Liz Truss has made some comments which, if accurately reported in this morning’s Guardian, suggest that she and I sit at opposite ends of a spectrum of views of how children learn best.  “Free-flow play is not compulsory,” she states … Continue reading

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Self publicity

Although much of my thinking is tried out in this blog (for example, here), a full book from the Early Childhood Studies team here in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes is published this month. Themes and Debates promises … Continue reading

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Thinking again about play

To start with a quotation: “Psychologists and educators have found it difficult to come to a definition of what play is – partly, perhaps, because the phenomenon is more easily recognised than it is pinned down to a rigid classification. … Continue reading

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Playing Outdoors

Some very interesting links here for the New Year, for example this one on play in the Early Years or the more general link to a map (which perhaps could do with a bit of elaboration – I note some gaps round Oxford … Continue reading

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Physical Activity Report

The ever-thoughtful Julian Grenier brings to our attention – well, to mine anyway – the new physical activity guidelines in his blog and in the factsheet 2 It deserves some consideration, although I feel uneasy as I read it. . … Continue reading

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Play and playfulness

Perhaps I have been too allusive in recent posts on EYFS, and perhaps this is a symptom of being away from the classroom  too long – too far away from the stories shared with chidlren, the time we found a … Continue reading

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“Education from the neck up?”

I want to try and unpick the question of formal and informal curricula a bit more. McCann’s account of Samuel Wilderspin’s desperate attempts at gaining his distressed pupils’ attention by instituting learning through play show how far we have come … Continue reading

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A front page

This is a picture of me in Port Meadow, Oxford, perhaps an ambiguous choice of picture for a web-based resource, since (as technology stands at present) for most people reading this is an inside activity . And as a web-based … Continue reading

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