Pupils in north east Fife had plenty of fun when they were visited by some ‘serious’ games enthusiasts recently.
A games day held at Springfield Primary in conjunction with East Neuk Tabletop Games club saw children from Springfield, Craigrothie and Pitlessie introduced to many new games.
The event celebrated the launch of PEGS - Playground Educational Games - at Springfield which raised money for Red Nose Day.
PEGS was developed by Gillian Cameron, support teacher for access and inclusion, and Springfield headteacher Donald Gillespie, who have long felt that using games as part of the curriculum would be an excellent way of combining reward with learning. To support this an application was made to Education Scotland to develop active ‘out of school’ learning and engaging with children who may be disconnected from the education system.
After reading about the Tabletop Games club in the Fife Herald, the teachers got in touch with organisers David Wright and Alan Stewart.
Commenting on last Friday’s event David said: “The event went very smoothly with the children, parents and staff all really engaged and everyone had a lot of fun.
He explained: “The way it worked was that every child had a card that they were to fill in with the games played and a review from one to five stars.
“Those reviews will be input into their Learning Library - a tool they have for children to lend books is being extended to include games - and that way the children can see what the most popular games are and also see which games have yet to be played.”
“The school was very happy with how the day went and with the support it got from us and from Alisa and Carys Williamson, the demo team at Esdevium Games. which also donated a number of games to the games library.”
David added that his club’s plan now is to formally launch the games service to schools after the Easter holidays and potentially host another ‘games day’ event.
He added: “It’s something I’m personally keen to see spread across more primary and secondary schools as I’m a strong advocate for using games as a learning aid for children and adults.”
Mr Gillespie added: “We cannot thank all the supporters of this project enough. As far as we know there is no other project like this across Scotland and we are very excited that this could be the start of a new adventure in education.”
Anyone who would like to know more can visit the club’s International Tabletop Day at the Dreel Halls, Anstruther on Sunday, April 12.
The club also holds gaming afternoons in the Dreel Halls each month.
For details visitwww.eastneuktabletop.org