The sleepy firemenA 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
- Understanding the world
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.
- 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?
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?
What would you do to:
- Support the children’s play? Would you interact at any point if they are playing happily?
- 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?