"For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational'. The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play". ~ Penelope Leach
Aistear (an Irish word meaning "Journey") is a framework for developing literacy and numeracy through play, which is very much supported and promoted by the Department of Education and Skills.
In the Convent of Mercy National School, we embrace this approach and focus on it in the Junior and Senior Infant classes. The socio-dramatic corner in the room will be the focal point, while groups of children engage in carefully prepared and structured play activity and groupwork, specifically targeting certain objectives of the Primary School Curriculum. The framework is also based on themes and will change as the year goes on.
This structured play framework encourages children to play in a group and paired setting. It covers lots of areas of the curriculum too ie. Drama, English, Maths, Irish, SESE to name a few.
Please take a look at this page throughout the year for any updates on Aistear.