Play-based Learning: The Why and How, with Rebeccah Bassett-Smith

Professional development (PD) Auckland

Posted: 15 November 2019
Notice reference #: 1HA2gU

Play-based Learning: The Why and How

This workshop draws on the successes of a play-based learning model at Silverdale School. Rebeccah Bassett-Smith shares the past four years' journey of researching, observing, upskilling, discussing, implementing, reflecting and modifying how play-based learning is implanted in their school learning community. You will hear about the successes, failures and future plans for the model and reflect on how some of these might be relevant to your own teaching. Participants will collaboratively discuss and design approaches to issues that might be faced in the different school contexts.

The workshop will explore the “why” by unpacking some of the key research that supports the implementation of a play-based curriculum. It will also introduce a model framework and resources in order to understand the different contexts and cultures of the schools participants come from.

Learning outcomes

Participants will develop:

  • Knowledge of the theory that underpins play-based learning
  • Familiarity with a possible model of implementation and resources that support programmes
  • Awareness of the significance of play within learning.

Rebeccah is currently a team leader at Silverdale School and has been responsible for the implementation and development of a play-based learning culture in the early years. Since 2016, the school has shared its model with upwards of 200 visiting principals and teachers. Rebeccah has attended conferences in NZ and Australia and has been responsible for setting up a successful professional learning group on the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast.

She has also shared her expertise at conferences such as U-Learn.

Events summary


27 February 2020 – 27 February 2020

Further information

Contact: Kohia Centre

 (09) 623 8977