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Orson’s ball game

Five year old Orson is playing in the garden at his childminder's house with three year old Tom. He wants to build a game with some tubes and a ball. How will it work?

Good for looking at

  • COEL - Active learning, Creating and thinking critically
  • Object play
  • Learning outdoors
  • Games with rules
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Self talk
  • Metacognition
   

Five year old Orson is playing in the garden at his childminder’s house with three year old Tom. He wants to build a game with some tubes and a ball.

Notice

  • How are the children learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • Can you see any evidence of self-regulated learning?
  • In what ways do the adults 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:

  • The way the he’s learning – what evidence did you see of effective learning?
  • The areas of learning and development that were covered?
  • The adult’s role – how did she support the children?
  • The importance of the environment and the materials?

Responding

  • What would you do next? How could you extend his learning?
  • How could you encourage the child to discuss and understand what and how he is learning?
  • Could you suggest a way of encouraging this kind of play in your own setting?

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