Play Invitations: Inviting Students to Explore the Curriculum in Play

Play invitations are an important and intentional part of supporting students to extend on their ideas and interests while they play.

Teachers sometimes find it difficult to strike a balance between knowing what an invitation to play is and when they are ‘taking over’ children’s play ideas. This workshop expands on how to enable opportunities for students to connect with specific curriculum areas while engaged in child-directed play.

Play Pedagogy for Successful Transitions to School

This workshop will be important for both ECE and Junior School teachers, by exploring the following:

Important factors for successful transitioning from ECE to School – the research and evidence
The links between Te Whāriki and the New Zealand School Curriculum
“Ready Schools” – exploring how schools can be ready for New Entrants
Growing and fostering students’ intrinsic motivation to learn
Innovative spaces for learning – the Third Teacher

Teaching literacy in a Junior Play-Based classroom

Ensuring literacy instruction occurs both explicitly and as an integrated part of a play environment is a creative challenge for teachers.

Documenting and analysing progress ail curriculum areas Within a play environment is also a challenge for primary—trained teachers. How does this look? How is this managed?

Play in the Upper Primary Years

This workshop is for teachers of senior primary school students looking to adopt a play-based learning approach appropriate to the developmental and cognitive stages of their
year 4 – 6 students.