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Play-Based Learning at Primary School

“Learning through play can help schools realise the vision of The New Zealand Curriculum to develop confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. Almost all of the values and key competencies in The New Zealand Curriculum can be developed through play-based learning. …. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that learning through play brings numerous benefits to students’ learning and development”

New Zealand Curriculum TKI

A small area on a slope at this Auckland school was underutilised and the school wished to provide an outdoor area to augment their play-based learning programme.

A sandpit, water play, painting easels, quiet area, woodwork, and construction areas all provide opportunities for activities that promote lifelong learning, development of intrapersonal skills, student agency and a smooth transition to school.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 01 Woodwork table with storage underneath and separate tool storage box to the right.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 02 Outdoor blackboard with marble run in the foreground.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 03 Mud kitchen that can be connected to water supply with hose.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 04 Sandpit with water course

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 05 Children can direct the water flow. The flat area in the foreground acts as a work surface for sand play.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 06 The new sandpit is vital for social and developmental play.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 07 An under-utilised area adjacent to the playground has been transformed into an area specifically designed for play based learning activities.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 08 The painting easels have an acrylic work area with clips for paper, and paint pot holders, on both sides.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 09 Seating area which is in the shade of existing tree.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 10 These upright sleepers define the area so that it is not used as a thoroughfare.

Auckland Play Based Playground Image 11 A sturdy work-table was provided for activities such as construction, drawing and games.

The lid of the woodwork table acts as a shelf for use with this table.