How can I use play-based and inquiry learning to support student outcomes?
The link between play and learning is well documented. Accordingly, play-based and inquiry learning approaches provide a meaningful context for student learning and general capabilities (Justice and Pullen, 2003; Korat et al., 2002, 2003; Nicolopoulou et al., 2006).
Let's take a look at some of the ways that play-based and inquiry learning supports student learning and general capabilities:
Social and Emotional Capabilities
Communication, Language and Literacy
Science and STEM
As identified by the
VEYLDF Integrated Teaching and Learning Practice Principle 7, teachers "have an important role in developing student's understanding of concepts in literacy, numeracy and science. When adults guide learning, they extend children's learning beyond what they can know, do and understand on their own" (DET, 2007, p. 9).
Making visible the connections to curriculum
Learning occurs across multiple learning areas and general capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum when students are engaged in a play-based and inquiry learning approach.
Watch the below videos to strengthen your ability to identify connections between curriculum and play-based and inquiry learning. Professor Louise Patch and Dr Natalie Robertson will narrate a selection of vignettes to discuss the learning that students engaged with in connection to the Victorian Curriculum.
Keep in mind
These two videos have been filmed in a small group setting outside of the main classroom, to show the interactions between the students and the teacher