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Aistear - socio-dramatic

Aistear is a play based framework which was launched by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in 2007. It includes: Play, Literacy and Numeracy in infant classes. Here in St.Brigid’s we have started to implement this programme in the infant classes.

An Aistear play session consists of setting up 4-5 play areas in the classroom. These may include: physical, creative, socio-dramatic and small world play. For example, the four areas may be ‘the doctor’s surgery’, play dough, sand play, lego/block play and junk art. The children plan what they are going to carryout in their play area, then they play and finally they reflect on what happened. Assessment checklists are a way of assessing the children’s performances. E.g. can children take turns, can children recognise the number 4 on the telephone, can children construct a tall tower and use maths language to describe it? Here are some photos of children in each of the play areas.

Junior Infants

Physical

Aistear - physical

Sand

Aistear - sand

Small World

Aistear - small world

 

Play Dough

Aistear - play dough

Socio-dramatic

Aistear - socio-dramatic

 

Senior Infants

Physical Play / Construction

Aistear - construction Aistear - construction

Aistear - construction

Sand

Aistear - sand

Aistear - sand

Small World

Aistear - small world

Socio-dramatic / Role-play

Aistear - role-play Aistear - role-play

Creative Area / Junk Art

Aistear - creative area

Aistear - creative area