Partnerships Through Play: Mastering the Art of Connecting Play and Curriculum

14th March, 2024 @ 9:30 am


14/03/2024 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm


This workshop series will shine a spotlight on the subtle nuances of children’s play and the critical importance of play and play-based learning as a leading research-based pedagogy. Each workshop will reflect what it means to teach, learn, and play outside the box with practical and playful master classes providing participants with curriculum connections to support children’s creativity and their natural curiosity about the world.

Participants will identify and act upon opportunities for strengthening pedagogical partnerships with the Australian Curriculum v9 and the Early Years Learning Framework v2. They will explore practical ways these two documents can be used side by side to support educational teams to plan and implement continuous learning for children in their preschool years and in their transition to formal schooling.

Workshop 1 – The Language of Play
We will identify characteristics used to define playful learning through the lens of neuroscience. Curriculum spotlight – playful approaches to Maths through outdoor learning and play.

Workshop 2 – The Hidden World of Play
We will explore play personalities and how we can use knowledge of these in learning environments to identify intrinsic motivators. Curriculum spotlight – playful approaches to English and Inquiry based learning through outdoor learning and play.

Workshop 3 – Parenthood and Play
We will explore playful futures, the link between play states and flow states. Curriculum spotlight – playful approaches to STEM, HASS, Design and Technology and Digital Technology (outdoor coding) through outdoor learning and play.

Workshop 4 – The State of Play for Wellbeing
We will explore wellbeing in nature, nature journaling and reimagining beyond the gate experiences. Curriculum spotlight – wellbeing, play and nature connection.

At the conclusion of this series of workshops, participants will return to their educational sites with:

  • A statement about play to share with parents and community.
  • An introduction to literature and conceptual models that explore the neuroscience of learning through play.
  • Ideas to bring play to life outdoors, with provocations and invitations to play for all play personalities.
  • Morning routines that support positive transitions into the learning environment.
  • A series of activities that gives children simple language to articulate links between learning and play.
  • An understanding of wellbeing through play – what does the research tell us and what are our children showing us.
  • A toolkit to identify play personalities and ways to use this information.
  • Approaches to inquiry-based learning – how to do more, with less.
  • Maths and literacy outdoor learning and play resource book.
  • STEM and HASS outdoor learning and play resource book.

This is a series.  By registering you are committing to attending the following sessions:

14/03/2024, 9.30am-3.30pm
13/06/2024, 9.30am-3.30pm
05/09/2024, 9.30am-3.30pm
24/10/2024, 9.30am-3.30pm

Audience: Curriculum and Educational Leaders, Early Childhood Teachers, Primary Teachers, and Educators (ELC-Year 2)

Delivery mode: face-to-face

Presenters: Maria Taylor, Outside the Box Learning founder and Libby Worrell, AISSA Senior Educational Consultant

Price: $500.00 (GST inclusive)

Bookings for this series close at 5.00pm on 29/02/2024.

See the AISSA Professional Learning Terms and Conditions for the full registration terms and conditions including the cancellation policy.

For registration enquiries please contact Rae Dawkins.



Bookings are closed for this event.