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for Kindergarten Students at BYS

There are many benefits of play-based learning in the early years, including the development of intellectual skills, thinking and motivation. Play-based learning is a concept that teachers at BYS adopt as part of their teaching practices. Our Early Years Learning Framework defines ‘play-based learning as a context for learning through which students make sense of their social worlds and through their engagement with people, objects and representations’. Play- based learning allows early year students to develop both literacy and numeracy skills and at the same time cultivate their social and emotional skills.

Here are the four ways play-based learning is integrated in our early-year classrooms:


• Enhance students’ learning through activating their meaningful experiences
• Ask students strategic questions in relation to their motivations and interests
• Encourage students to wonder and be curious about what they are learning


• Allow students to explore learning topics by themselves in greater depths
• Facilitate and provide opportunities for students to learn by making and doing
• Enhance students’ development of literacy skills (such as listening and speaking) by allowing them to actively play together with peers and interact with teachers.


• Encourage students to develop their own voices and thoughts about learning topics
• Facilitate students to apply their prior knowledge or previous learned skills in tasks
• Allow students to find solutions to a variety of problems they encounter.


• Allow students to collaborate with peers and demonstrate reflective talk
• Encourage students to reflect and share their voices and thoughts about the tasks they learn
• Discuss and identify with students the next steps for learning