What is Schema play?
Schemas are described as patterns of repeated behaviour which allow children to explore and express developing ideas and thoughts through their play and exploration.
The repetitive actions of schematic play allow children to construct meaning in what they are doing. Babies and young children learn best through opportunities to engage in active learning through hands on experiences.
These opportunities allow babies and children to problem solve, question, predict, imagine, speculate and develop independent choices as they make decisions in an area they are familiar with. It is important to understand that children use play to develop a methodical, systematic and logical collection of information through their senses and movements as they interact with practitioners, each other, objects and materials within the nursery environment.
The EYFS states that if as practitioners we support children’s schematic play patterns we can build on individual children’s interests, therefore taking part in powerful learning opportunities through sustained shared learning experiences.
Through a basic knowledge and understanding of schemas it can support practitioners in understanding their observations of children, which can in turn support the assessing and planning for the children’s next steps in development.
Some of the most common types of observed schema include –
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