Supporting teachers to incorporate play in the senior primary school setting

“Thank you – this is the best, thought provoking professional development I’ve had in a long time”

“Thank you for an amazing day. It has been valuable and affirmed my practice as well as shown me where to go next”

This workshop is for teachers of senior primary school students wanting to understand play pedagogy and how to integrate this into their classroom program.

Content will include:

  • What play looks like for older kids, and how it differs from younger children’s play
  • Understanding and applying concepts of student agency and self-directed learning
  • Understanding key developmental stages for older kids and the impact of these on their learning opportunities
  • Understanding the link between play and other forms of learning, such as inquiry, STEM/STEAM, Genius Hour, Maker Space, Passion Projects etc
  • Examining the resources needed to respond to self-directed inquiry by students
  • Discussing the role of the teacher in supporting play at this level
  • Planning, Assessment and Documentation
  • Achieving a balance between explicit acts of teaching and self-directed, child-led learning opportunities

Time Commitment:

In-Person Workshop:

Don Buck School, Massey, Auckland

27 April 2022  9.30 – 2.30 pm

Te Matauru School, Rangiora (Canterbury)

21 July 2022 9.30 – 2.30 pm

Suitable for:

Teachers, senior leaders, teacher aides of students years four to eight.


$180 + GST (includes morning tea and all course notes/handouts)

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