Schematic Patterns in Play

Programme Introduction

A basic knowledge and understanding of schemas can go a long way in supporting educators to see, hear and understand what young children’s play patterns are telling them. When the educator can hear the child’s voice through schematic play patterns they can support individual needs and interests. This educator and child relationship enables a powerful co-facilitation of learning through sustained shared learning experiences.

'Schematic Patterns in Play’, identifies and explains 8 main play schemas.

Sample activities to support children to develop these further are highlighted alongside descriptive words to build corresponding language acquisition under each schema.

You will also see examples of how to write a learning story with a schema focus and many images of play schemas in action.

This programme will be particularly suitable for those working with children under 3 and in junior pre-school. 


The programme is presented in 4 components as follows:

  1. Why do educators need to know about schematic patterns of play?

  2. What is the theory behind schema play?

  3. 8 commonly observed schema and how to support them (Includes an explanation of each schema,  activities to support the schema, new words to support each schema, sample learning stories and images)

  4. The Educator’s role in supporting schema.


IMPORTANT* Before you start - please read 'NOTES FOR THE COURSE'. This contains important information to help you navigate the site if you are undertaking a programme for the first time. 


Programme Content

  • Building unconscious memories
  • Trajectory, Transporting, Enveloping, Positioning, Enclosing, Rotation, Orientation, Connecting.
  • Language linked to schemas
  • Schema learning stories
  • Seeing Aistear in schema play
  • Activities to support, consolidate and extend schema
Key Learning Outcomes

Key Learning Outcomes from this programme include: 

1. An awareness of the importance of schematic patterns of play in how young children think and learn

2. The ability to recognise the main schema types and how these are represented in children's play

3. Skills and awareness of how to provide activities that will support children to practice and consolidate schema play

4. An appreciation of how Aistear themes and goals are present in schematic play.

5. The ability to compile learning story observations about schema play

6. Understanding of the key role of the adult as a co-facilitator in schematic play. 

02 Hours


Presentation with video/audio

Easy to follow components

Downloadable reference documents

Test multiple choice questions

Certificate of Completion

Notes for the course

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