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It won’t fit through! What will we do?

A group of four year olds are on their way into the forest. They get to the kissing gate with the wheel barrow and it won't fit through. They work together to solve the problem.

Good for looking at

  • COEL - Creating and thinking critically
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Learning outdoors
  • Cooperation
  • Effective practice

A group of four year olds, who’ve been together as group at nursery for almost a year, are on their way into the forest. They get to the kissing gate with the wheel barrow and it won’t fit through.


  • How are the children learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways do the adults support the children’s learning?
  • How does the environment support the children’s learning?


What did you recognise about:

  • The way the children are learning – what evidence did you see of the children creating and thinking critically?
  • The areas of learning and development that were covered?
  • The adults roles – how did they support the children to come up with their own solution?
  • The importance of the environment?


  • What would you do next? How could you encourage the children to discuss and understand what and how they have learned?
  • Did watching the clip help you notice any particular strengths or weaknesses that you might have when trying to support children’s problem solving and group thinking skills? How could you use this? Could you support others with something you are particularly good at? Or find some one to support you with an area you find difficult?
  • Could you suggest a way of doing something equivalent in your own setting?