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The zip wire

A group of three and four year olds are taking turns having a go of a make shift zip wire. The practitioners are close by and providing support for this difficult task.

Good for looking at

  • Learning outdoors
  • Physical development
  • Risk taking
  • Scaffolding
  • Effective adult support
  • Charateristics of effective learning


  • What cues can you see that show what how the children respond to a new and difficult activity? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How are the children learning?
  • Which areas of play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways do the adult supports the children’s learning?
  • How does the outdoor environment and the materials used for this activity support the children’s learning?