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child’s use of technology
This assessment item requires you to observe a child aged up to five years engaged in solitary or group
play, with or without adult
participation. These observations will be used to write two learning stories
one science-focused and one maths-focused. These two learning
stories form the assessable
component ofthis task.
Here are the steps you need to undertake in orderto complete this task:
1. Select a
child (aged up to five years) to focus on for this task, and carry out a series of
observations ofthe child engaged in solitary or group
play, with and/or without adult
participation. These observations will need to be recorded as running or anecdotal records or by other
(e.g. photographs, video) approved within the setting and then written up/transcribed. Three or
more observations may be required, each
between 10-15 minutes. Before you observe children, you
must gain permission from the parent and carer. An information sheet and consent
form are provided
on the Interact site. NOTE: The observations are not an assessable component ofthe task, and do not
need to be submitted.
They simply need to be undertaken in orderto complete the assessable
component (the learning stories). – (NB TO WRITER: THIS DOES NOT NEED
2. Select two ofthe best observations to discuss and evaluate. Ideally,
one will be science-focused
while the other will be mathematics-focused – though, both areas may be evident in both observations.
You also
need to think about the child’s use of technology.
3. Write one learning story for each ofthe two selected observations. Each
learning story
should be no more than 1000 words. Your learning stories must be written in a way that you would
share with early childhood
colleagues; that is, they should be written in an academic manner, utilising
appropriate literature. However, at the end of your learning
story there are sections directed towards
the parents/carers and the child (see points below), and these should be written in a more
manner. This will give you practice in writing learning stories for different audiences.
Each learning story must address the
following points:
‘Describe the context and what happened, i.e. the child’s age, where the observation took
place, what activity was the
child involved in, and who else took part.
‘Identify which EYLF outcome/s the child is working towards and how this is evident.
consider how you will extend the child to achieve this outcome/work towards additional
‘Describe the scientific and
mathematical processes the child has undertaken, with reference
to Bishop’s mathematical activities and the 5Es science model.
‘Describe the
mathematical and scientific concepts evident in the child’s play.
‘Identify any use oftechnology evident in the play. If no technology-use
was evident, describe howtechnology might be used to enhance the experience.
Reflect on how the physical and social environment has
supported the child in their learning, using at least two references to support your ideas. This should include reflection on the role of
any adults or peers involved in the play.
Write a paragraph or two to the parents/carers detailing the mathematics and science processes
and concepts their child appears to be exploring, and what they could do at home to build on and support the child’s science and mathematics
“Write a paragraph to the child to provide feedback to them on their development as a
mathematics and science learner.