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Beer for the pirates

A group of 3 to 5 year old children are outside with the teacher. She has set them a task, to make beer for the pirates. To do this they need to clarify the liquid, removing the bits. They have measuring jugs, sieves, funnels and syringes.

Good for looking at

  • Adult directed playful activity
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Understanding the world

A group of 3 to 5 year old children are outside with the teacher. She has set them a task, to make beer for the pirates. To do this they need to clarify the liquid, removing the bits. They have measuring jugs, sieves, funnels and syringes.

Notice

  • What cues can you see that show what the children are interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • 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?
  • How does the environment support the children’s learning?
  • What is valuable about the materials provided as learning resources?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • How the children approached the task?
  • How involved were the children in the task?
  • What and how were they learning?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support the children?
  • The role of the environment and the effectiveness materials provided for the activity?
  • How effective do you think this adult initiated activity was?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support individual children in their different approaches to the task?
  • Encourage the children to co-operate with each other to solve problems?
  • Get the children to evaluate how well certain strategies are working?
  • Model behaviours for young children and show how useful they are?

What next:

  • Do you need to make adult initiated activities more playful in your setting? Do you make the most of any outdoor spaces you have access to?

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