RSA Fair play
The RSA or Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, release a series of student briefs that identify contemporary societal issues. These briefs challenge students to understand a particular focus area, and produce innovative solutions to the problems raised. In 2015, I submitted the following presentation to the Fair Play brief.
To the left: Mapping the challenges and the opportunity’s within the parent, teacher and child relationship.
MAPPING THE SOLUTION
I chose to focus on the growing gap between parents, children and their teachers. Seeking to understand their relationship and how play could be used to re-enforce communication between the three user groups to enhance the educational foundations of children.
I conducted research of the best toys that engage the way that children learn, taking these points I brought them together to help connect and increase the communication between the three user groups.
My solution aimed take classroom learning, home, each child creates their own unique wooden character related to the learning topics going on in school. This character joins them along their learning journey, alongside their journal encouraging the child to write about the adventures they have had with their character. As both these items are taken home it helps continue the conversation at home, re-enforcing the learning done.
Opposite shows the key benefits intend from the solution devised.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT THROUGH PLAY
Key learning areas for key stage 1, children aged 5-7 years.
Various opportunities identified from the desk and interview research completed.