What is Aistear?
Aistear is a the Irish word for journey and can be described as the learning journey young children embark on once they start their education. Aistear can be used in the pre-school setting and all the way up to second class in primary schools. It involves the use of play as a platform for learning and pupils engage and interact in small group settings during the daily sessions.
A typical classroom that is set up for Aistear will have a variety of areas for example: a socio-dramatic & imaginative role-play area, a sand area, an area for construction projects, junk art, water play, a small world area, a creative play dough / malleable area and a permanent feature in the Aistear classroom is the writing area for use by all groups.
The session involves pupils experiencing child-led play, discovery learning, collaborative learning as well as providing them with a wealth of opportunities to interact socially with their peers and develop their oral language skills.
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