The Benefits of Block Play

 06 June
 Augustine House Library Canterbury Christ Church University
 Rhodus Town, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2YA - ct1 1qu - Canterbury - United Kingdom
 Yordanka Valkanova
The Benefits of Block Play A one day conference supported by the Froebel Trust Saturday 6 June 2015 The agenda of the Conference focuses on critical issues such as: • How does Lego Play Therapy benefit children with autism? • How does block play help children engage in spatial and mathematical thinking? • What type of environment and materials are needed to encourage block play? • What is the practitioner’s role in facilitating block play? Block play has been long viewed as an efficient tool for promoting child development. Despite this, many children have lost access to block play environments due to the `terror of performativity'. Play is being replaced by activities targeting the content of formal testing. The 4th Canterbury Froebel Conference brings together speakers from across the knowledge community to provide a unique opportunity for you to improve your understanding of children’s block play. This event is aimed at headteachers and senior leaders, SENCOs, early years practitioners, teaching assistants, support teachers, special education professionals, psychologists, play workers, students and parents. Programme 9.30 Registration and Coffee: Fairtrade English Tea, Fairtrade Fruit Teas, Coffee with a Large Danish Pastry, Orange Juice 10.00 Welcome by the Chair 10.10 Prof Tina Bruce (University of Roehampton/ Froebel Trust) Block Play and Mathematical Learning 11.10 Dr Gina Gómez de la Cuesta (Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge/ UEA): Using Lego to Facilitate Social Interaction Development in Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorders 12.10 Lunch: Premium Fish, Meat &Vegetarian Sandwich, Round of assorted deep filled locally handmade sandwiches on a variety of flavoured breads served with a basket of potato chips, and a selection of fruit 13.10 Deridra Armstrong and Jacqueline Matthew (Edinburgh Froebel Network) Block Play: How a Froebelian Approach Can Help in Practice 14.10 Community Playthings Block Play Materials: Workshop-demonstration 15.10 Concluding remarks and farewells by Prof Tina Bruce 15.20 Coffee, networking Tea, coffee, orange juice and water with a selection of finger size cakes Venue Canterbury Christ Church University Augustine House Rhodaus Town Canterbury Kent, CT1 2YA United Kingdom Fee The standard attendance fee is £65. All registered participants will receive a certificate of attendance. To book your place, please email Join us for enlightening presentations and valuable networking.

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