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Going to the ball

A small group of four year olds are playing an imaginative game in the nursery classroom. They have some paper with random printed characters on it, which they are pretending it is a news paper. They search out some dressing up clothes as they advance their pretend game. They negotiate with each other as they work out the roles and rules of their play.

Good for looking at

  • Pretend play
  • Imaginary play
  • Co-operative play
  • Socialising
  • Emotional development
  • Communicating
  • Speech and language


  • 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?
  • How do the environment and materials provided support the children’s learning?