The Discovery Time book is an exciting resource for primary teachers
Encouraging a student-directed learning environment where children create, explore and work on problem solving activities...
What is Discovery Time?
This exciting, activity-based programme provides a vehicle for teachers and students to explore curriculum learning and key competency development, in a fun, challenging, student-directed environment.
Sessions provide a range of activities from across the curriculum including arts, science and technology; following student’s interests.
Teachers are saying...
“It puts balance back into the curriculum.” “It puts students in charge of their own learning.” “It’s a chance to stand back and really observe your students.”
Students are saying...
“It’s the best part of the whole week.” “You learn to challenge yourself.” “You get to do stuff that you have never done before - you think you can’t do it, but you can.”
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Why do Discovery Time?
We need to explore Key Competencies in an authentic context.
We need to be educating the whole child – in a social emotional, physical as well as cognitive way.
We believe that the best way to do this is to ensure that children are given opportunities to:
Engage in activity based learning – being actively involved leads to more powerful understanding and ownership of new knowledge.
Direct their own learning – make their own choices about what they will do and how they will go about it. The teachers may set the scene but the students decide the action /what will happen next.
Play – The importance of play cannot be underestimated. It is what happens when children are self-directing and actively involved in their learning.
The importance of creativity, innovation & problem solving
Skilful adult involvement
We’d love this part of the site to be interactive and bursting with great ideas, Innovations and Adaptations. So send us your, thoughts, magic moments, videos, photos.
An interesting research based article by written by Debbie Rhea, an associate dean of the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences and director of the LiiNk Project Why young kids need less class time — and more play time — at school
The slow but steady shift from play to academics may seem harmless in its increments. but it has negatively affected children’s curiosity, creativity, social skills, self-regulation problem-solving skills. knowledge of the world, and so much more.
This comes from a site called The Educators Spin On It and I love the range of things that they have put in their box.Just by calling it an ‘inventors box’ encourages a different way of thinking about junk. It’s not just about making things,
You don’t need expensive equipment for Discovery Time activities. Your community can often supply ‘loose parts’ that you can get for free. Start with your school community and ask families to save corks, bottle tops, boxes, fabric,
Despite the trend for formalised instruction to begin earlier and earlier, replacing what used to be learning through play and exploration, there is growing scientific evidence that not only does this approach fail to deliver long-term improvements