This term, our early years staff (Reception to Year 2) have participated in workshops to further our understanding of Play. Our focus has been about better equipping our students with creative play opportunities to improve learning. In 2014, a significant amount of money was spent purchasing Play resources for the Atrium and Fern Thomson was employed to offer an Arts/Play experience for Reception and Year 1 students. With support from Woodend Children’s Centre, play visits occurred between the centre and each Reception class. Reception teachers also visited the centre to observe play.
This term, we have had the opportunity to work with an Early Years consultant, Robyn Waller on Play. During these workshops we have looked at:
- our philosophies about Play
- Play theorists
- how Play links to the Australian Curriculum in particular, literacy and numeracy
- determining what Play could look more like at Woodend
Our early years staff also visited Black Forest Primary School to listen to their journey with Play, and tour their learning spaces. This was a valuable experience where we had lengthy professional discussions with Black Forest staff, many questions, and exchanging of teaching and learning ideas. We will keep you informed of our developments.