Describe what is meant by learning and development and discuss the key theories put forward to explain learning and development.

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Describe what is meant by learning and development and discuss the key theories put forward to explain learning and development.


Understand how stories and games become a way of helping children and adults make sense of experience.


Discuss how the context in which learning and development occurs affects what is learnt and what is expected.


Demonstrate sound academic skills in formative and summative assessments.



Your resource review focuses on the new resource that you have created and should include:


A brief introduction explaining what is to come in the essay and an overview of what the resource actually is (so plot, characters, game play, instructions, etc.).

Why was the resource made?


Who is the target audience?


Because of the target audience what was done specially in the resource?


What techniques did you use to make it enchanting / engaging?


What do you hope the children would learn from using the resource?


How does it support children’s learning and development? (To answer this one you must use relevant theory to support your argument)

Consider how your resource fits in with the requirements, outcomes, programmes of study from the EYFS and the NC

Think about how the resource can be used differently with different age groups, or with children with different abilities.

Explain in detail the role of the adult in relation to your resource.

Refining and improving your resource:


Have you piloted your resource? How did the child[ren] react to the resource? Was it what was expected? If not how was it different and what could have caused this?


How have you improved or developed the resource based on feedback from colleagues and peers and from piloting with children?


A brief conclusion summarising what you perceive to be the main strengths of your resource.

Thinking about learning theory:


Do not try to use every theory, but ensure it is weaved through your piece.


Different theories may relate to different features of the resource, different uses or different things that the children may learn.


Make sure any theory is explained properly; it is not enough to say, for example that Piaget’s theory of stages of development links to a resource because the target age is the same.


Theory refers to child development theory, theories on play, theories on reading development, theories on developing mathematical skills, theories on cognition.



Do not forget to also write about practical aspects (images, colours, size, font, word choice).


You should think carefully about these aspects when creating the resource and in your review you should justify these choices with reference to literature.


You will need to reference your resource –In text - u123456 (2016)


In reference list -u123456 (2016) The most amazing book ever written. Unpublished.


Reference other children`s books as if they were academic texts … the resource is similar to Where the Wild Things Are (Sendak, 1963)


If your resource uses pictures from the internet then these need to be referenced as per Cite them Right. It is a good idea if possible to get all images from the one site -  Images from


If someone has drawn images for you acknowledge this - Images drawn by …


You should include a critical reflection form


You should write in the third person throughout: The creator piloted the resource…


You should include an image of the resource;


Word count for the review should be between 2700-3300 words;

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