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Play Based Pedagogy in P1

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Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Please accept this as a Freedom of Information request.

1. How many primary schools in the authority are currently (academic year 2018-2019) delivering play pedagogy in primary one?

2. How many in total do you expect to use a play pedagogy approach in primary one in the next academic year (2019-2020)?

Yours faithfully,

Petra Bird

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Ms Bird,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-19-1032.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 29
July 2019

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 27 August 2019.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 17,  3^rd Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
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Dear Ms Bird,

 

Thank you for your information request of 29 July 2019.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested. Our response is now detailed below.

 

How many primary schools in the authority are currently (academic year
2018-2019) delivering play pedagogy in primary one?

All schools would use play  based learning in primary across the early
years.

 

How many in total do you expect to use a play pedagogy approach in primary
one in the next academic year (2019-2020)?

All schools would use play based learning.

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

ACC handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 17,  3^rd Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
Facebook.com/AberdeenCC

 

 

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Dear Foi Enquiries,

Can you please be more specific, what particular approaches of play based pedagogy do schools in your local authority use? For your reference please see examples below:
Examples of different interpretations/approaches of play based pedagogy in P1:
1. play-based pedagogy in P1: it allows children to be self-directed in their interests and learning with teachers interacting with pupils as they play asking questions to stretch/challenge them/get them to explain what they are doing etc
2. a half hour of ‘soft start’ with teacher directed activities counts as play pedagogy
3. a ‘soft start’ in the mornings in P1 and lots of variety in how they investigate sounds/numbers/topics etc but the general approach is a fairly traditional classroom style
4. there are different zones around the classroom and for most of the day pupils get to choose which zones they play at e.g. construction, craft, etc. they have a few targets they are issued (literacy and numeracy related) and they choose when to do these during the day themselves
5. pupils do homework if they choose and the teacher supports this, they don't have identified desks
6. don’t have ‘’desks’’, it’s all station based like Nursery was, pupils will obviously do literacy and numeracy tasks but in an activity rather than just being taught
7. pupils have almost 90 minutes of absolutely free choice child initiated play every day, then they have some structured literacy and numeracy time with ‘active learning’
8. pupils have stations not desks, they do have some teaching time in a small group, and no homework as such
9. other

Education Scotland have published advice on Play based approaches available at:
https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/le...
Play-based pedagogy has traditionally been one of the approaches used in the education of young
children in Scotland. This was endorsed with the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence (Building the
Curriculum 2 – Active learning in the early years and Building the Curriculum 3 – A framework for
learning and teaching) which empowers teachers and practitioners to select use developmentally
appropriate pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of their pupils.
In June 2013 the Scottish Government published the first National Strategy for Play. Within that
document play is defined as encompassing "children’s behaviour which is freely chosen, personally
directed and intrinsically motivated. It is performed for no external goal or reward and is a fundamental
and integral part of healthy development which seeks to improve play experiences for all children.”

Yours sincerely,

Petra Bird

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Ms Bird,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-19-1174.

 

We have logged your follow-up query to FOI-19-1032 as a new request.
Please note the corrected timescales below.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 28
August 2019.

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 25 September 2019.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 6,  1^st Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
Facebook.com/AberdeenCC

 

 

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Dear Ms Bird,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-19-1174.

 

We have logged your follow-up query to FOI-19-1032 as a new request.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 28
July 2019.

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 25 September 2019.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 6,  1^st Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[2]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
Facebook.com/AberdeenCC

 

 

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Dear Ms Bird,

 

Thank you for your information request of 28 August 2019. Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested. Our response is now detailed below.

 

Can you please be more specific, what particular approaches of play based
pedagogy do schools in your local authority use?

For your reference please see examples below:

Examples of different interpretations/approaches of play based pedagogy in
P1:

 1. play-based pedagogy in P1: it allows children to be self-directed in
their interests and learning with teachers interacting with pupils as
they play asking questions to stretch/challenge them/get them to
explain what they are doing etc
 2. a half hour of ‘soft start’ with teacher directed activities counts as
play pedagogy
 3. a ‘soft start’ in the mornings in P1 and lots of variety in how they
investigate sounds/numbers/topics etc but the general approach is a
fairly traditional classroom style
 4. there are different zones around the classroom and for most of the day
pupils get to choose which zones they play at e.g. construction,
craft, etc. they have a few targets they are issued (literacy and
numeracy related) and they choose when to do these during the day
themselves
 5. pupils do homework if they choose and the teacher supports this, they
don't have identified desks
 6. don’t have ‘’desks’’, it’s all station based like Nursery was, pupils
will obviously do literacy and numeracy tasks but in an activity
rather than just being taught
 7. pupils have almost 90 minutes of absolutely free choice child
initiated play every day, then they have some structured literacy and
numeracy time with ‘active learning’
 8. pupils have stations not desks, they do have some teaching time in a
small group, and no homework as such
 9. other Education Scotland have published advice on Play based
approaches available at:
[1]https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/le...

 

Play-based pedagogy has traditionally been one of the approaches used in
the education of young children in Scotland. This was endorsed with the
introduction of Curriculum for Excellence (Building the Curriculum 2 –
Active learning in the early years and Building the Curriculum 3 – A
framework for learning and teaching) which empowers teachers and
practitioners to select use developmentally appropriate pedagogical
approaches to meet the needs of their pupils.

 

In June 2013 the Scottish Government published the first National Strategy
for Play. Within that document play is defined as encompassing "children’s
behaviour which is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically
motivated. It is performed for no external goal or reward and is a
fundamental and integral part of healthy development which seeks to
improve play experiences for all children.”

 

All of the above examples would apply. Schools apply different approaches
depending upon the needs of their children.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

We handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[2]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 6,  1^st Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[3]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
Facebook.com/AberdeenCC

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This e-mail (including any attachment to it) is
confidential, protected by copyright and may be privileged. The
information contained in it should be used for its intended purposes only.
If you receive this email in error, notify the sender by reply email,
delete the received email and do not make use of, disclose or copy it.
Whilst we take reasonable precautions to ensure that our emails are free
from viruses, we cannot be responsible for any viruses transmitted with
this email and recommend that you subject any incoming email to your own
virus checking procedures. Unless related to Council business, the
opinions expressed in this email are those of the sender and they do not
necessarily constitute those of Aberdeen City Council. Unless we expressly
say otherwise in this email or its attachments, neither this email nor its
attachments create, form part of or vary any contractual or unilateral
obligation. Aberdeen City Council's incoming and outgoing email is subject
to regular monitoring.

References

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1. https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/le
3. http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/

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