I have been researching active learning and how children learn... and it seems to me that active learning is not necessarily a 'new' concept. In fact it seems that active learning is just about engaging the children and trying to keep them motivated and finding how they learn best. It needs to be comprised of 'hands-on tasks, spontaneous play, planned and purposeful play, investigating and exploring, focused teaching and learning.' Another issue that I have is that my manager has said that we need to become more child-centred in that the children decide what they want to learn about. That's fine and I do agree with this to a degree- it does motivate them more etc... After a number of the children had been to watch Brave, we talked about what was special about Scotland and what they had seen in the movie etc, ( and bearing in mind some of these children's families are very proud of their Scottish culture) They told me that the men wore dresses- not kilts in the film and '... the most special thing about Scotland is the food aisle at Asdas.' The other issue is that some of my more capable children would much rather play with cars all day.