The Possibilities of Loose parts- Engaging Young learners
Saturday 20th March 2021
This online seminar will focus on ways to create a culture for optimal leaning, rich in communicative potential through the use of ‘intelligent’ materials.
We will look at ways to present and organise materials when inviting children to engage.
We will also consider:
the role of playful inquiry and reflection, documenting children’s learning processes and how this informs planning
the sustainability and the ethics around the use of materials.
• Reflect and build on their knowledge of how children learn effectively
• Gain a deeper understanding of the role of the environment in creating meaningful and generative opportunities for learning
• Build on their knowledge of how to introduce materials to children to encourage deep level engagement
• Explore how the process of documenting children’s learning can inform responsive and differentiated planning.
Kirsty is an experienced Early Learning Consultant and Teacher with 30 year’s experience in the Early Years Education Sector together with the early years of primary Education
In addition to her years of experience as a leader and education practitioner, Kirsty also draws on her extensive research in the educational project of Reggio Emilia and Nature Pedagogy.
Exploring the why
Understanding the theories and ideas that sit behind loose parts play to inform practice
Unpacking wonderings and challenges in various contexts- setting pathways for exploration as a group
Understanding of the role of materials as part of the process of learning, and the agency that they bring
Listening and learning from children interactions
The importance of time and the coming to know process
Intentional teaching approaches for working with materials
Documenting and making visible the process of learning
What can we use around us? Discovering everyday objects as potential materials for learning
Sourcing and collecting- ideas for building up resources
Systems to support success- from how to arrange and store materials, introducing materials to children and the how of continual provision