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H for hedgehog

There has been a hedgehog in the nursery garden and the children have built a house for it. Harry wants to write a sign to let people know what’s happened to the hedgehog.

Good for looking at

  • Literacy
  • Writing
  • Phonics
  • Letter recognition
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Learning outdoors
  • Effective adult support

 

There has been a hedgehog in the nursery garden and the children have built a house for it. Harry wants to write a sign to let people know what’s happened to the hedgehog.

Notice

  • 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 and what was Harry was trying to communicate?
  • How and what was Harry learning?
  • Harry’s level of involvement? How engaged was he in this activity?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support Harry and Teddy?
  • The value of this type of symbolic play for Harry?
  • What role did the outdoor environment play in this interaction?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support Harry’s interest in using writing to communicate messages to others?
  • Encourage other children to join Harry’s game?
  • Extend Harry’s learning – e.g. encourage his interest in the hedgehog in different ways?

What next:

  • Do you need to encourage more of this kind of learning in nature and the outdoors for the children in your setting?