how we learn

An Introduction to the Rules of Life

Structured games played as an individual, in pairs or teams are a brilliant way to learn and practice new skills and knowledge. At Shere School we use games across the curriculum to enhance children’s learning experiences and engagement.

Many of the games we play, demand that children think quickly and flexibly. They must use logic to think three steps ahead of the game, to solve problems and overcome obstacles. This helps children develop their logic, accuracy, and ability to think on their feet and out of the box later in life.

Playing games is a socially rewarding and relational activity where children learn lessons about following rules, turn taking and the intrinsic joy in taking part and succeeding. For many children the structured interactions in game playing can help them find new friendships and develop social skills.

In the Early Years

In the early years children will enjoy lots of simple games. These will include call and response games such as Simon Says, Mr Crocodile and What’s the time Mr Wolf. They will take part in active games such as musical chairs, parachute games, obstacle courses, bowling, and follow my leader. Children will explore their environment playing games such as I spy and scavenger hunts.


In Year One & Two

In Key Stage One the games continue! Children will play more complex games such Hopscotch, Snakes and Ladders, Duck Duck Goose, card games and treasure hunts. Games will form an integral part of their mathematical development with a focus on the use of manipulatives and number fluency.


“Just one game, they said, and they started to play. That was yesterday.”

Chinese Proverb