Play-based Learning in the Middle School (Year 3 & 4)
The middle school is made up of two classrooms and a variety of breakout spaces which can be used in different ways. The two classes are Ruma Piwakawaka and Ruma Kakapo with fifty-four children and two teachers: Mrs Constable and Mrs Rehmann.
Currently, we run a dedicated session PBL on a Friday morning. Previously, two or three sessions were held in the afternoons, depending on other curricular activities. Apart from the session on Friday, we incorporate many PBL activities into our daily teaching programme. For maths, this might be in the form of a hands-on maths-related play activity with shapes instead of a worksheet.
In a PBL session, you might see any of the following things happening, depending on the weather outside:
- Cooking and baking
- School garden and orchard: weeding, planting, harvesting, depending on the season
- Arts including painting, drawing, sketching
- Construction table
- LEGO, Stem and other block play
- Dress ups
- Fort and shelter building
- Imaginary play
- Science activities
- Ball play and tag games