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The Importance of Role Play

08 September 2016

Role play has been long associated with just drama, however its benefits can be used across all areas of the curriculum.

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A role play area is a fun and a ‘playful’ activity but also a key component in children’s learning.  It is a social space that develops speaking and listening skills, as well as giving children the opportunity to reflect on and develop their knowledge of a topic, whilst sparking and enhancing creativity and imagination.  Through the use of role play, children develop independence, problem solving skills and have the opportunity to use new language they have learned during IPC lessons. 

As an example of this, Year 3 have developed designated role play areas to enhance children’s learning.  Currently in 3S there is a ‘dinosaur cave’ that was built in partnership with the children, adding their ideas along the way.

The role play area is in use throughout the day, especially during guided reading sessions with children who are excited to learn and explore.

Ms Naomi Skinner, Year 3 Teacher at An Phu Primary