With this Action Research grant the team plans to undertake a collaborative research project exploring the role of block play in developing children's vocabulary through symbolic play
The team are planning to introduce a new block play area at Dalreoch Primary School and Early Learning and Childcare Centre, a play based P1 setting. The team's learning from the Froebel in Childhood Practice course will be practiced and they will provide children with unhurried blocks of time in which to play with the blocks.
Narrative observations and learning stories will be collected to show development over time. Drawing and writing materials will be incorporated into the block play environment in order to encourage children to write and draw about their symbolic play with blocks. Children will undertake shared record keeping in a floor book dedicated to block play. This will encourage discussion and reflection on learning.