Play Based Discovery

Studio Discovery

On Friday we thought it would be really fun to have a studio wide, play based Discovery session!

Te Ara Tupu year 1s and 2s had a blast with each other interacting, creating and choosing activities to participate in. Learners enjoyed all spaces of the studio and self managed to engage in authentic learning experiences. 
Everyone was rocking their GROW attitudes and we hope to make this a common occurrence.
Take a look at some of the photos we managed to snap!

Year 1 & 2 learners loving Studio Discovery time!

Busy shoppers!

Lego and Mobilo building

Colouring crew

Creating with polydron shapes!

Constructing cylinder towns

Wondering what our Play Based Learning is all about? Have a look below at our plan :) 

Junior Team 2017
Learning Intentions:
  • Learners will engage in activity of choice
  • Learners will self manage
  • Learners will engage in authentic learning experiences
  • Learners will participate and contribute with others
  • Learners will develop oral language skills
  • Learners will gain confidence through the ability to choose their own activity and direct their own learning
  • Learners will develop a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Learners will negotiate with each other
  • Learners will discover through a variety of play-based learning activities
  • Learners will have opportunities to engage in genuine conversations
  • Learners will build skills to be 21st century learners
  • Learners will make connections with prior learning
  • Learners will be challenged
  • Learners will experiment, construct, invent, make mistakes and problem solve
Skills we are developing
West Rolleston GROW Vision
Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Communication/Oral Language Skills
Curriculum Focus
Grow as Happy and Healthy Learners
Respect ourselves, each other, our school, our community and the environment
Own a clear pathway to personal success
Work individually and together, to solve problems, acquire skills and be creative
Key Competencies to be developed
What a WRPS Play Based Learner looks like:

Participating and Contributing
Using language symbols and text
Relating to Others
Managing Self
  • Confident
  • Oral language skills developed
  • Working well with peers
  • Achieve in learning areas (reading, writing, maths)
  • Engage
  • Motivated
  • Self Managing learners
  • Participate in authentic learning experiences
  • Follow KOWHAI rules
  • Make mistakes
  • Problem solve
  • Collaborate

“Play is often talked about as if it were a serious relief from learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
  • Fred Rogers


  1. Wow when I came through on Friday I was excited to see both ends of Te Ara Tupu working so collaboratively on their discovery challenges - it looked like lots of fun!

  2. What a cool idea combining the year 1's and 2's for your play based learning...such fun!


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