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Basilio, M. (2016) Children's playfulness, self-regulation and collaborative skills in group story telling (Video Recording)

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Part of the seminar on the relationships between dialogue and children’s self regulation, July 2016

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January 2016
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  • Academic outcomes
  • Creativity
  • Developmental outcomes
  • Literacy
  • Pretend play
  • Self-regulation
  • Social play
  • Construction play
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BBC, . et al. (2017) PEDAL | BBC Breakfast report on playful writing (Video Recording)

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Acting Director of PEDAL Centre, David Whitebread, is interviewed in BBC Breakfast report on playful writing.

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January 2017
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  • Academic achievement
  • Academic outcomes
  • Creativity
  • Developmental outcomes
  • Engagement
  • Guided-play
  • Learning
  • Playful learning
  • Pretend play
  • Social-emotional
  • Construction play
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Foundation, . (2015) Building children's writing skills through learning through play (Video Recording)

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The University of Cambridge and the LEGO Foundation has explored how learning through play helps children develop better writing skills.

You can read about the project in more detail here: https://goo.gl/Wk9aef

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January 2015
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  • Academic outcomes
  • Literacy
  • Object play
  • Pretend play
  • Semiotic play
  • Social play
  • Symbolic play
  • Construction play
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Whitebread, D. et al. (2017) PLaNS Handbook (Document)

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This is a free teacher's handbook based on the work of Dr David Whitebread, Dr Marisol Basilio, and their team. You can view the handbook via the link provided below. To find out more about the PLaNS project, click here: https://goo.gl/Wk9aef

Linked with PEDAL, the overall aim of the PLaNS project was to investigate the influence that a playful learning approach could have on 5-10 year olds’ narrative and writing skills.

Being able to construct a clear narrative, in fictional form as a story, or in a non-fictional form as a descriptive account or a set of instructions, is a crucial skill, within educational contexts and beyond. There is a major concern that many children do not master these skills as well as they might, having implications for their oral and written narrative skills, and on aspects of their text comprehension (for example, the ability to identify the main points in a story or a factual text).

Using LEGO sets, primary school teachers had free rein to develop playful activities to inspire children’s narratives and writing during a full academic year. Children worked together in groups to create stories and develop their writing in several ways - through comic strips, movies, 3D storyboards and more besides.

The PLaNS research team evaluated children at the beginning and end of the school year to measure the impact of this teaching approach on a range of skills: writing, oral narrative skills, vocabulary, self-regulation and creativity. Children and teachers were also observed in the classroom throughout the academic year, and interviewed by the research team in order to understand learning experiences from the participant's perspective.

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January 2017
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Synonyms:
  • Academic outcomes
  • Guided-play
  • Literacy
  • Playful learning
  • Pretend play
  • Construction play
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