Amanda’s butterflyA class of five year olds are listening to a story with the teacher. They have just come in from playing outside after a sudden downpour of rain. They talk about what's happening in the story and make links with their experience of the real world.
Good for looking at
- Understanding the world
- Sustained shared thinking
- Adult led activity
- Effective practice
A class of five year olds are listening to a story with the teacher. Previously they were all playing outside when there was a sudden down pour. They talk about what’s happening in the story.
- How are the children learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
- In what ways does the adult support the children’s learning?
- What is valuable about the choice of book as a learning resource?
What are your thoughts about:
- How the children were communicating and what they understand?
- How the children are learning during story time?
- The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support the children?
- The value of story time?
- How effective was the chosen story?
What would you do to:
- Support the children’s enquiries about the the world and how it works?
- Use the children’s interest in certain parts of the story to continue investigating in the classroom?
- Do you need to make more time for story telling in your setting? How do you make sure all of the children are engaged in the story if you have a large group? How do you change your style of story telling depending on the age of your children?