Lynnette Brock is the co-founder and director of SchemaPlay Community Interest Company. Facilitating an appreciation of the distinction between a scheme and schema (as published by Piaget in 1969), the SchemaPlay™ training supports and showcases how, with a deeper knowledge of schematic play, we can really ‘know’ every child; thereby supporting their mastery, self-belief, transitions and learning across the entire early years’ curriculum and beyond.
Vicki Abrahart has been working in Early Years and education for over 25 years. She is a qualified teacher and early years professional and is an Early Years Improvement Adviser working with PVIs, Childminders and Schools across the West Midlands. Vicki is always keen to collaborate with professionals to strengthen and support her ongoing professional development.
In this session, Lynnette and Vicki discuss the concept of schema play and its connection to the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). Lynnette explains how the Zone of Possible Developmental Flow Models (ZPDF) was developed in 2015 and has since evolved and grown. The ZPDF model consists of three circles representing different stages of play. The large middle circle represents self-chosen free play, where children explore their interests and develop schemas, which is where children should be most of the time. The other two circles represent imitation and modelling, and focused activity.
Vicki explains how the interplay between schema, schemes and ZPDF has supported children’s play by identifying their interests and providing appropriate learning opportunities.
Lynnette and Vicki emphasize the importance of recognizing and nurturing children’s schemas to promote their cognitive and emotional development and how the aim of SchemaPlay is to reduce children’s cognitive load – ensuring continuity of learning. They highlight the importance of providing an environment that supports children’s schemas and allows for exploration across various curricula.
Swellers Cognitive load theory
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