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The sleepy firemen

A group of three to six year olds are playing in the nursery garden. They have stared a game about being firemen and the difficulties of getting up when they have to go and put out the fire.

Good for looking at

  • COEL - playing and exploring
  • Pretend play
  • Imagination
  • Understanding the world
  • Socialising
  • Language
  • Communicating
  • Narratives

A group of three to six year olds are playing in the nursery garden. They have stared a game about being firemen and the difficulties of getting up when they have to go and put out the fire.

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

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • What areas of learning and development were covered in this play?
  • Was there a leader of this play?
  • Did the children have a joint aim?
  • Did they communicate effectively with each other?
  • What effects do you think a mixed age range had on the children’s play?
  • What effect did the environment and materials have on this play?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support the children’s play? Would you interact at any point if they are playing happily?

What next:

  • What could you do to enable mixed age groups to play together in your setting?
  • Could you provide more open ended materials and resources to support children’s imaginations?
  • What do you know about the Steiner approach to early education? Could you find out more?

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