• Year 1: Researching a Play Based Approach

    Year 1: Researching a Play Based Approach


    This programme is a research project for Year 1 teachers to explore the best way to implement a play based approach to learning, whilst maintaining high standards of teaching and learning. It also provides associated training for Year 1 Teaching Assistants, based on the findings of teachers’ research projects.

    Who is the programme for?

    The project is designed for Year 1 teachers and/or Key Stage 1 phase leaders, and we strongly recommend that schools sign up all Year 1 teachers.

    What is involved?

    Year 1 teachers will be supported to engage with the latest evidence of how best to manage a play based approach in Year 1. The programme then enables them to design a change to practice that will support the learning of Year 1 pupils, and to measure the impact of this change.

    There will also be opportunities to observe play based learning in a variety of Year 1 settings and participating schools will need to be prepared to release teachers for at least one half day observation visit.

    Participating teachers will then design a professional development programme for their own TAs, based on their own research findings, which will be run centrally for all Year 1 TAs in participating schools.

    Session details

    The programme is led by:

    • Sarah Seleznyov, Alliance Director
    • Alli Crank, St John’s and St Clement’s Primary
    • Ally Sprakes, The Belham Primary

    All sessions will take place at The Belham Primary School, 165 Bellenden Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4DG.

    Session 1:

    Date: Monday 2 December 2019
    Time: 3.45-5.30pm

    • What can we learn from recent research about the most effective play based learning in Year 1?
    • Which aspects of play based learning in Year 1 are challenging to get right?
    • What tools can we use to gather evidence of these challenging aspects of practice in our own settings
    • What will we be looking for on our school visits?

    School visits: January 2020
    Two half day visits to observe Year 1 teaching in a variety of settings

    Session 2:
    Date: Monday 10 February 2020
    Time: 3.45-5.30pm

    • What does the evidence we have gathered tell us about current practice?
    • What good practice did we observe on our school visits?
    • How does this align with the research evidence we reviewed?
    • What will our research question be?

    Session 3:
    Date: Monday 30 March 2020
    Time: 3.45-5.30pm

    • How is our project unfolding – what successes and challenges have there been and what changes to the design of our intervention need to be made?
    • What can we learn from each other’s successes?
    • What evidence will we gather to assess the impact of our change?

    Session 4:
    Date: Monday 27 April 2020
    Time: 3.45-5.30pm

    • How is our project progressing?
    • What evidence of impact have we gathered so far?
    • What do we want Teaching Assistants to learn and how bets can we share this with them?

    TA Training:

    Date: Thursday 7 May 2020
    Time: 1:30-3:30pm

    Date: Friday 22 May 2020
    Time: 1:30-3:30pm

    Session 5:
    Date: Monday 22 June 2020
    Time: 3.45-5.30pm

    • What evidence of impact have we gathered?
    • What have been the successes and limitations of our research?
    • Where next for our research project?

    Sign up and cost

    Register to join our 2019-20 cohort here.
    Price: £200 per school
    Member schools can attend free of charge