The hands-on multi-sensory approach to learning, clear curriculum links and time saving benefits of Playscope resources are proving a real hit in Primary Schools throughout the UK and beyond. Although more commonly associated with babies, Treasure Baskets provide excellent benefits for children aged 4 to 8 years and older. For children with SEN, English as an Additional Language (EAL) or requiring Wave 3 interventions, etc. children up to the age of 19 years are benefitting!
As well as helping to bring the curriculum to life and appealing equally to boys and girls, the use of our Treasure Baskets in Primary Schools is providing teachers with invaluable opportunities for observations and gaining insights into children's developmental levels and needs. One early years teacher described a free play session with aTreasure Basket with a new class as a 'bridge to her communication' with a child with EAL. Seeing how the child played with the objects in quite a sophisticated way helped the teacher plan for the needs of the child.
For Primary Schools the Sensory Play Continuum developed by Play to Z and tested in a Sensory Play research project
with Anglia Ruskin University shows how a Treasure Basket can be used in three key ways to support learning accross the curriculum. Finalists in the Nursery World Three to Fives new launch 2009 (for the Problem Solving & Numeracy Activity Cards) and nasen Inclusive Primary Resources 2008 (for the Playscope Complete Set
and Fidget Floor Mats
), the benefits of Playscope resources for primary age children doesn't end there. Our Fidget Floor Mats described by teachers as "Brilliant they really work, the change in behaviour is radical" are having amazing effects on children up to the age of 6 years, enabling them to sit still, maintain focus and eye-contact and be fully included in a classroom for the first time.
The Playscope Playmat
is proving effective in zoning spaces, acting as a reward, providing a magnet for a Book Corner, or promoting teamwork when used as a parachute. The clever Sensory Bags
(being used by Occupational Therapists for Sensory Integration Therapy) and Story of the Loofah
help teachers and children explore their senses and the curriculum in a fun and multi-sensory way making learning exciting for everyone.
If you are looking for ways to help staff embed sensory play experiences in the learning environment, we can offer a range of Training
and workshops to do just that. Be it a Cluster Session, Inset Day or tailor-made training, all our practically-based training is firmly rooted in extensive observations and research.