5.5 Flexible Timeframes in Early Years Classrooms (EXAMPLES of FLEXIBLE…
5.5 Flexible Timeframes in Early Years Classrooms
PROGRAMME OF INQUIRY
children aged 3-6 years inquire into a minimum of 4 units of inquiry per year, including:
Who we are
How we express ourselves
teachers can determine appropriate time frames for units of inquiry, ensuring they...
are fit for purpose
last a minimum duration of 3-4 weeks per unit
EXAMPLES of FLEXIBLE UNIT TIME FRAMES units can be...
developed continually throughout the year
especially useful for central ideas about understanding scientific principles and/or exploring and caring for the environment
revisited once, or numerous times throughout the year
give children multiple opportunities to engage with central ideas, making ongoing observations for issues such as changes in nature, cultural events/exchanges, cycles, and human observation
created with a discrete beginning & end
to fit with the flow of the school year or events in the learning community
introduced alongside another unit
for exploring central ideas that sustain and enrich each other
HELPFUL QUESTIONS to ask yourself
What do you consider to be the benefits of flexible timeframes for units of inquiry?
What are the potential risks of running year-long units? How could you address these challenges?