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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.

11th Jun 2024
Here at Dundela we recognise the importance and value of play. All children have...
24th May 2024
What a fun topic this has been! We have enjoyed acting out stories, tasting porridge,...
17th May 2024
We have had the best time adding more natural resources to our bug hotel to make...