2021 T2 DEBKAT Play/STEAM/Discovery
PLAY - Participate in Nature Play days or alike with their whanau, Engage in HB invitations and be self-directed in the environment
DISCOVERY - Explore/Investigate to test/learn and evaluate/reflect design/concepts for potential outcomes/purpose
STEAM - achievement of IEM goals/Science Badge
Play-based activities enable students to engage in flexible and higher-level thinking processes. These include inquiry processes of problem solving, analysing, evaluating, applying knowledge, innovation, and creativity.
Play-based learning often requires interaction with others and gives students the opportunity to practice language development, cooperation, negotiation, leadership, empathy, active listening, and compromise.
Play contributes to a child’s sense of well-being and can support the development of intrapersonal skills such as self esteem, motivation, resilience, concentration, persistence, and time management.
Student agency and engagement
Play-based learning can encourage student agency and often results in deeper levels of student engagement in learning.
Smooth transitions to school
Schools that have adopted learning through play in junior classrooms report that new entrant students settle to school quickly because of improved continuity between school and early childhood education.