Shahneila Saeed is the programme director of the Digital Schoolhouse Project, an initiative run by the games industry trade body Ukie to excite Primary school children about computing and to give secondary teachers access to free, creative resources to help deliver the new Computing curriculum. Shahneila was previously head of Computing at a London school for 12 years. She has been heavily involved in the teaching, computer science and edtech industries since 1998.
Anyone who has worked with Early Years Foundation Stage will understand the importance of learning through play. Play-based learning is encouraged in primary schools and included on the curriculum, and parents use play as a means of teaching children when they are young. However are we missing a trick by completely eliminating play from lessons for older pupils? There will certainly be times when a traditional teaching approach is called for (when preparing for exams for example), but would our students show greater engagement, a deeper understanding of concepts, creativity and resilience if we also tried to embed new pedagogical techniques with them?