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Dundela Infants' School and Nursery Unit, Belfast

Play/Activity Based Learning

 
 
 
 
 

In Dundela we strive to provide children with high-quality play and activity-based opportunities to support all aspects of their learning. Through a cross-curricular approach we are able to ensure that children have access to a wide range of play both in the classroom and in the outdoors.

Each year group has their own play resource area where children can partake in a wide range of play opportunities including dramatic play, sensory play, construction, small world and creative play. Through careful planning, play is progressed throughout each year group, to ensure the children are provided with developmentally appropriate experiences.  

We are also continuing to develop our wonderful outside space. The children have access to a bug hotel, digging zone, story area, trim trail, water wall, music wall, mud kitchen and a wide range of loose parts. We recognise how vital outdoor learning is and we are striving to bring the children outside as much as possible. 

As well as play reinforcing the children’s learning, it also allows for children to develop their thinking skills and personal capabilities. These include progressing the children’s ability to manage information, to problem solve and make decisions, to be creative, to work with others as well as develop their self-management skills. Gaining these skills are vital for children to become more effective learners.

 
 
23rd Feb 2024
P3BK took part of their lesson on time outside today. We made our own clocks using...
 
 
 
 
23rd Feb 2024
We loved having Wee Critters in to talk to us about the importance of caring for...
 
 
 
 
22nd Feb 2024
Recently we had lots to celebrate. Valentines Day, Chinese New Year, Pancake Day...