Enhancing Imaginative and Creative Play in the Pre-Primary Years

Gail Mahoney | 21st April, 2016 Back to Blog

During the Pre-Primary years of a child’s academic life at RBK International Academy, being imaginative and creative is essential and strongly encouraged. Children at a young school age from ages three through six are encouraged to be imaginative and creative in many ways. Imaginative and creative play at RBK International Academy is an essential part of when children are role playing and are acting out various experiences they may have had or something that is of some interest to them. The students with guidance from their teachers experiment with decision making on how to behave and are also practicing their social skills in and outside of the classroom setting throughout the school day. The students are encouraged to take this form of learning outside of school and apply it to their everyday experiences.

At RBK International Academy we know that children learn from their experiences in and outside of school. We as a school are fully aware that learning does not only happen behind the four walls of a classroom. The students at RBK International Academy learn and experience what happens around them, extrapolating from what the students see, hear, smell, taste and touch. In order for a child to absorb and digest those real world experiences and make sense of the world, they need to be engaged in imaginary and creative play. Throughout the Pre-Primary Years we encourage imaginative and creative play, along with focusing on the core, discrete intellectual competencies that require repetition to reach proficiency, namely in literacy, numeracy, and language acquisition.

Sometimes as adults we can undervalue imaginary and creative play during the school day. However, at RBK International Academy we see the value of these two important practices while working with our Mathematics, Literacy and proficiency lessons in our syllabi. Along with imaginative and creative play teaching and learning programs balance and integrate very well with the encouragement of imaginative and creative play. Together the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, presenting, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. At RBK International Academy we believe that learning in English builds on concepts, skills and processes that are fostered and developed throughout the Pre-Primary Years program.

Creative and imaginative play in school and at home provides opportunities for children to identify with the adult world. Children also develop social skills such as practicing their negotiation skills. The students will learn about taking turns and sharing, along with having the opportunities to problem solve, while experimenting with solutions for better outcomes. During the school day at RBK International Academy I we believe whole-heartedly that kids should be allowed to be kids! With so many hectic timetables in our world today, it seems as if we get caught up in being busy and forget to have fun. Encouraging our children at RBK International Academy working along with our academic syllabi to be creative, imaginative and have fun. These skills will develop healthy connections and choices in their lives.