Wednesday 13 July 2011

Schemas Outside - Help!

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Juliet Robertson said...

Thanks Catherine W for suggesting:

Activities based around Water would be great. Schemas are a pattern of repeatable behaviour - so a selection of containers with available water would enable the observation of a variety of schemas. Mathematical encouragement could then be encouraged with volume, prediction, size, weight, distance carried/transportation, sorting, counting, mixing etc. We've got a water wheel in our water tray which is great for 'containing' and 'rotation'

Juliet Robertson said...

Catherine has also suggested:

!....Also a Pirate theme would be good for outside activities - burying / sorting treasure, filling and carrying a chest, map drawing, walking the plank / counting paces and coins, making a cave, dressing up etc. Developmental progression can be assessed by referring to the 'Development matters' in the Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy Area of Learning in the EYFS

Much appreciated! Thanks again!

Juliet Robertson said...

Here are a few of our ideas Juliet ...
water siphon ... http://www.playbasedlearni​​agic-2/
marble run ... http://www.playbasedlearni​​un-fun/
water wall ... http://www.playbasedlearni​​e-with-a-water-wall/
pulley ... http://www.playbasedlearni​
thickening paint ... http://www.playbasedlearni​​wer-paint/
making paint ... http://www.playbasedlearni​​ur-own-paint-magic/
Ball games ... http://www.playbasedlearni​​-ball-games/
rolling objects ... http://www.playbasedlearni​​ins-hoops-and-balls/

Catherine said...

I hope I'm on the right track here but what about a potion lab - coloured water, measuring the right amount, adding ingredients - flowers or leaves. Kids could follow a recipe or make up their own.

Juliet Robertson said...

Potion lab sounds great. A friend on Facebook suggested a tubing and tub link up which is really clever. I don't know whether it's possible for everyone to access the link below.

Also thanks to Sherry and Donna for all the play based learning ideas above! Creative Stars - all of you!

Juliet Robertson said...

Some more ideas from Irresistible Ideas Facebook page:

What about a garden? My kids love gardening - and depending on if you use seeds or plants you can measure growth though time and length, use a rain gauge, even create an irragation system (Angel Smith)

What about dinosaur bones in the sandpit , burying them and finding them , or treasure re : pirates...a teacher i worked with made dinosaur eggs with the children and placed plastic dinosaurs in them, the children kept which ones they found. For transforming she could get the children to build a volcano in the sand and add bi-carb and vinegar and some food colouring for effect (Jennifer Dalgleish)