Aldenham School, Founded 1597

The Importance of Play in Education

In the pursuit of holistic education, we recognise the critical role that play has in a child's development -  it serves as a powerful tool for fostering creativity, imagination, social skills, and cognitive growth. With a commitment to providing a well-rounded education, Aldenham Prep Riyadh values and encourages play as an integral component of the learning process. 

Promoting a Love for Learning

Play is an inherent part of childhood, serving as a natural way for young learners to explore, make sense of the world around them, and develop vital skills. Through play, children engage in imaginative scenarios, problem-solving activities, physical exertion, and social interactions. These experiences lay the foundation for critical thinking, emotional intelligence, communication, and creativity. Overall, play promotes curiosity, resilience, and a love for learning, making it an indispensable aspect of early education.


Play in Action

At Aldenham Prep Riyadh, play is seamlessly integrated into our curriculum, ensuring that it is not only seen as a recreational break but as an essential part of the learning process. Teachers incorporate playful activities, games, and hands-on experiences to make learning engaging and meaningful. 

We take great pride in providing exceptional facilities  designed to ignite young imaginations and encourage active play.  Such facilities include the outside playground area complete with tunnels, bridges and a sand pit. Inside, we have created a central atrium, a multi-purpose space for all the school’s pupils to enjoy and take part in group learning and hands-on activities. It’s vital to provide areas where children can socialise and learn outside of the classroom as it contributes towards fostering creativity, collaboration, and the development of essential life skills. 


As educators and parents, it is our responsibility to create an environment that supports and encourages play. By valuing it as an integral part of the educational journey, we can empower our pupils to become resilient, creative, and well-rounded individuals ready to tackle the challenges of the future.

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Aldenham UK

Founded in 1597, Aldenham UK is the flagship of the Aldenham Foundation and is steeped in history, with over 425 years of academic excellence. Aldenham UK - and all of our schools - embodies the best of timeless traditions and universal values, along with a documented history of a forward-thinking culture that’s served to differentiate us from our peers.

At Aldenham, we remember that achievement is an individual matter - whether that’s entry to an Oxbridge college, a sporting or cultural goal, or simply growing up into a well-balanced individual. Dedicated teaching is at the heart of everything we do. While we help our pupils to focus on their own plans, our teachers focus on our pupils.

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