We have a specialist dram teacher one day each week who leads 30-40minute sessions with half a class at a time.
There are two types of pretend play, structured and unstructured dramatic play:
– Structured play has a pre-determined set and desired outcome.
– Unstructured play is where children have the freedom to choose their own plan scenarios and often create their own sets based on what is available to them.
Social and Emotional Skills
– When engaging in dramatic play, children are actively experimenting in social, imaginary and emotional roles. They learn to take turns, share responsibility and problem solve, developing empathy and the skills needed for co-operation
– Children will observe and reflect on real life, imitate and re-imagine things they have seen. Pretend play helps children to understand the power and use of language, organising thoughts and give them the means to re-enact a story of scenario.
– Pretend play provides your child with lots of opportunities to problems solve, developing cognitive thinking skills that they will use in every aspect of their lives.