Assessment and documenting learning

Module 3.2 will assist you in thinking through how you assess, which directly relates to what learning the assessment will capture. Play provides a vehicle where students can demonstrate their skills, understanding and learning. During play, assessments can be made in relation to their progress in curriculum areas, as well as their play ability. This is discussed further in Module 3.3. 

Documenting learning in play-based and inquiry learning can take the form of observations, portfolios, video and audio recordings, work samples, anecdotes, language transcripts, running records and student’s self-reflections. This is not an exhaustive list but demonstrates the variety of tools teachers can use to identify and document the learning outcomes achieved through play-based and inquiry led experiences.

​Downloadable version of Questions for learners and teachers.

Three Types of Assessment 

Assessment is powerful and diverse. It supports teachers to understand what students know, to enable them to guide their own learning and shape teaching practices.

To read more about the principles and practices of assessment ‘as’ and ‘for’ learning, visit the DET Assessment site.


Professional learning program orientation materials

Module 1

Module1.1 - What is play-based and inquiry learning?

Module1.2 - Differentiated through play-based and inquiry learning

Module1.3 – Experiences and outcomes

Module 1.4 - What does play look like?

Module 1.5 - Play-based learning and general capabilities

Module 1.6 - Building community - discussion and webinar

Module 2

Module 2.1 - Introduction to Module 2

Module 2.2 - Linking High Impact Teaching Strategies to play-based and inquiry learning

Module 2.3 - Planning and implementing play-based and inquiry learning

Module 2.4 - Organising and resourcing play-based and inquiry learning experiences

Module 2.5 - Upholding Victoria’s Vision for Learning

Building community-discussion and webinar for module 2

Module 3

Module 3: Assessing learning through play

Module 3.3 Assessment models

Module 3.4 Assessment of play

Module 3.5 Assessing language and literacy

Module 3.6 Assessing numeracy and mathematics

Module 3.7 Assessing Personal and Social Capability

Module 3.8 Building community – discussion and webinar

Module 4

Module 4.1 Play- based and inquiry learning is differentiated and inclusive

Module 4.2 Knowing students as players and learners

Module 4.3 Differentiation as a teaching approach

Module 4.4 Differentiation in practice-Goal setting

Module 4.5 Supporting dispositions for learning through student agency

Module 4.6 Building community–discussion and webinar

Resource bank

Webinar Resources