Learning needs to be active, in the sense that children must engage with their own learning. For Early Years children, this means that learning which is relevant to the future must be placed in a context that is meaningful to their present lives. The NGGI Early Years classroom offers a range of play landscapes. These change from time to time so children can practise a range of skills in context, for example, by writing postcards to friends in the writing corner or building a house of blocks for the dinosaurs in the construction area.
Play keeps children engaged. In play, they practise social skills and develop the skills necessary to become a part of a group.