Learning Through Play at Apanui
Led by the child
About the process, not the product
About working together
Building upon what the child already knows and their experiences
Apanui School engages in Learning through Play because we want to develop
Resilient problem solvers
Excellent communicators with great social and emotional skills
Children who are ready for a very different work force to what we currently know
What does Learning through Play look like?
Lots of discussion between students and enthusiastic noise
Thinking, reflecting and modifying
Creative use of equipment, including loose parts
Engaged children, driving their own learning and understanding
Teachers coaching children, observing the play and recording the journey
The Teacher’s role is to
Provide targeted learning for each child in all curriculum areas, with a specific focus on reading, writing and maths
Have a strong knowledge of the NZ curriculum and to use this language with the children eg “Do you know that the container you are using holds 2 litres of water, in maths we call this volume”
Observe and coach the children during the Play
Assess each child’s progress using a variety of tools and report on this, both academically and socially
Share each child’s learning / development via Seesaw
The Parents role is to
Have a positive relationship with your child
Give lots of specific praise eg: “I like it when you helped with the dishes, thanks.”
Talk and read a lot to your child.
Ask open ended questions eg: “How could we fix this?”
Provide opportunities to develop social skills, resilience, to take risks and experience success.
Encourage play, thinking and problem solving
Engage with Seesaw by providing comments and talking to your child about their learning.