Learning through play: Our vision for primary classrooms

Longworth Education is a small, passionate consultancy focused on supporting schools who want to implement learning through play into the primary education environment.

Learning through play is founded on sound research and the following principles:

  • Learning through play is a developmental approach to a child’s learning
  • Learning through play acknowledges that the child is in control of their own learning
  • The teacher supports, scaffolds and gifts new knowledge using intentional teaching methods
  • Learning occurs through a process of curiosity and inquiry, and as such cannot be segregated into isolated subject areas

We believe that learning unfolds naturally as children interact with the world around them.

  • The learner needs every opportunity to experience the outside environment
  • The learner should be given opportunities to develop an empathy, a sense of belonging and a connection with their outside environment

How we help schools to implement learning through play

Using a variety of methods including workshops, in-school support sessions and coaching, we help teachers at all levels to implement a learning through play approach in their school.

This is backed up with research and evidence to enable teachers to feel confident using a learning through play approach in education. We aim to inspire teachers to recognise that their learners can take control of their own learning and to have a new respect for the creative abilities of all children.

We encourage teachers to promote and advocate for developmentally appropriate teaching practices and learning opportunities for all children in their school environment. Finally, we support schools to implement learning through play in order to effectively meet New Zealand School Curriculum requirements.

Contact us for more information.

Meet Us

Linda Cheer
Linda Cheer
Director, Presenter & In-School Consultant
Sarah Aiono
Sarah Aiono
Director, Presenter & In-School Consultant
Stacey Mabey
Stacey Mabey
Senior Facilitator & Senior In-School Consultant
Jill Skjottrup
Jill Skjottrup
Facilitator & In-School Consultant
Ann Langis
Ann Langis
Facilitator & In-School Consultant
Bevan Holloway
Bevan Holloway
Facilitator & In-School Consultant: Senior School Sector
Janene Huggard
Janene Huggard
Facilitator & Support In-School Consultant
Kate Webber
Kate Webber
Facilitator & Support In-School Consultant
Rob Stevenson
Rob Stevenson
Facilitator & Support In-School Consultant
Daniel Cheer
Daniel Cheer
Administration Manager

"I have just had a chance to sit and watch the teaching the key competencies while kids play webinar.  Thanks so much, it was very valuable for me as a beginning teacher to understand ways to be able to teach these in the classroom.  I feel much more confident now to be able to pull something out from my observations of play to work on with the class and how to do this.

"I look forward to more Longworth Education webinars!"

"Your presentation was superb and had me smiling away and laughing out loud!  In fact, your amazingness made me feel quite inadequate!  You will be pleased to know that tomorrow afternoon Room 9 is making 'George's Marvelous Medicine' and my T.Aide is planning to have a magic oven (double-doored cardboard box oven) which produces edible fairy bread once the magical potion is put in!  Let the fun begin!"

"Oh, we had so much fun making Marvelous Medicine! The poor carpet suffered under our creativity though, and we made it into the newsletter this week (because a group of girls were sharing a kids cookbook and made up a fantasy cook-off, telling everyone what group they'd be in and who out of the powers above were going to be the judges) We had a four-group bake off in the staff room, with no-bake fudge/truffle dishes.  The next day The Principal and two Deputy Principals were cordially invited to judge the dishes. Oh, the squeals of delight at the judging! The children all took home cellophane parcels of all the treats.  We honoured Tanvi with massive applause at the end, for taking the book out of the school library and making up the idea!  How much am I enjoying the licence to follow child-led learning?  

"Thank you, Longworth, for all your guidance and affirmation that we are on the right track.  But most of all for leading the charge and changing the tone, under which our children can learn best!  Thank goodness!"