Learning and Education

Early Learning - Schema

A schema is the name given to a natural urge or repeated pattern of behaviour that children display as they develop.  It is simply a way that your child is exploring and learning about the world and is an indication of how they are making sense of what they are experiencing.

Some examples are;

positioning schema - lining objects up or putting them into a certain order

rotational schema - a fascination with things going around, turning, rolling and spinning

connection schema - joining items together e.g. fixing train track together, joining with string, making paper chains

transporting schema - moving items from one place to another, either in their hands or in another object, e,g trolley or push chair

enclosure / containing schema - putting things or themselves into an enclosed space!

You may see one schema or you might see a group of different schemas all at the same time, or you might not see any at all.  This is an area of ongoing research and many schema have been identified so far.  If you would like more information, or you would like suggestions of activities you can do with your child, please talk to your child's key-person, or you can follow the links below for some general information.

cbeebies - schema

Nature Play - schema


Early Years Foundation Stage

What to expect When - A Parent's Guide

A really useful explanation of the EYFS and activities to support your child

Foundation Years website
Helpful information for parents about the Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Education promotes the rights of all children to education of the highest quality.  It provides support, advice and  information.

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