Learning Gains through Play
Assessment of Learners
The Foundation
Phase forms the
base for all
future learning
If this learning
is not well-
established,
conceptual gaps
ope...
Employ innovative
technologies
which promote learner-centred
activities
and facilitate learning
through play
Visual Literacy
Oral Communication in English
Fine-motor Skills
Gross-motor Skills
Research shows that physical activity is
significantly related to:
• improved cognition (verified by 44 studies)
• advance...
The positive effect of physical activity is
greatest at Foundation Phase (and Senior
Phase)
Lags in learning correlate wit...
Research shows that strong fine-motor skills:
• correlate with better Maths performance at
Foundation Phase entry
• correl...
Tablets provide modern and engaging ways of
developing handwriting skills but also introduce
new fine-motor skills such as...
Research shows that oral language skills:
• have a profound impact on preparedness for
Foundation Phase
• are a major dete...
Learners differ in mother tongue HL
Schools range in LoLT and FAL
Proficiency in English is valued
Mastery by subconscious...
•Visual recognition
•Visual discrimination
•Visual interpretation
•Visual evaluation
Visual literacy
is key to
academic
ac...
CAPS
requires two
P.E. scores
Learner
participation
and movement
performance
LGP
instruments
focus on:
Locomotor
action sk...
The
manipulation
and use of a
writing /
drawing tool
Where English is not
home language
Where English has
been subconsciously
acquired
Instrument scripted
accordingly
Visual
discrimination
Visual
identification
Visual
interpretation
Assessment results
compared to academic
achievement at school
Comparison between
project schools and
control schools
Learning Gains through Play - what are we measuring
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Evaluating the learning gains through the use of play in Grade R and Grade 1 in South Africa. Focus on 4 literacies - Fine motor, Gross motor, oral and visual literacies, using the Xbox Kinect games and Android apps.

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Learning Gains through Play - what are we measuring

  1. 1. Learning Gains through Play Assessment of Learners
  2. 2. The Foundation Phase forms the base for all future learning If this learning is not well- established, conceptual gaps open and widen in successive years
  3. 3. Employ innovative technologies which promote learner-centred activities and facilitate learning through play
  4. 4. Visual Literacy Oral Communication in English Fine-motor Skills Gross-motor Skills
  5. 5. Research shows that physical activity is significantly related to: • improved cognition (verified by 44 studies) • advancement of perceptual skills • raised IQs • increased academic achievement • success in reading (with locomotor skills) • success in Maths (with object-control skills)
  6. 6. The positive effect of physical activity is greatest at Foundation Phase (and Senior Phase) Lags in learning correlate with poorer gross-motor skills
  7. 7. Research shows that strong fine-motor skills: • correlate with better Maths performance at Foundation Phase entry • correlate with greater Maths gains over the first year of Foundation Phase • predict later achievement in mathematics • predict later achievement in reading • are critical for success in Foundation Phase
  8. 8. Tablets provide modern and engaging ways of developing handwriting skills but also introduce new fine-motor skills such as pinching, stretching, dragging and pin-pointing. The bulk of time allocated in CAPS to Writing in Grade R and Grade 1 is for the development of the fine-motor skills required for handwriting.
  9. 9. Research shows that oral language skills: • have a profound impact on preparedness for Foundation Phase • are a major determiner of success throughout an academic career • in English, are preferred by parents for teaching mathematics from Grade 1 (NEEDU Report of 2012)
  10. 10. Learners differ in mother tongue HL Schools range in LoLT and FAL Proficiency in English is valued Mastery by subconscious acquisition is the project target
  11. 11. •Visual recognition •Visual discrimination •Visual interpretation •Visual evaluation Visual literacy is key to academic achievement (21st Century Skills Report of 2003)
  12. 12. CAPS requires two P.E. scores Learner participation and movement performance LGP instruments focus on: Locomotor action skills and object-control action skills Each has a score for execution and a score for quality Progression from Grade R to Grade 1 Accommodated by increased distances and duration of actions
  13. 13. The manipulation and use of a writing / drawing tool
  14. 14. Where English is not home language Where English has been subconsciously acquired Instrument scripted accordingly
  15. 15. Visual discrimination Visual identification
  16. 16. Visual interpretation
  17. 17. Assessment results compared to academic achievement at school Comparison between project schools and control schools

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