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What shall we do with the cauldron?

Two boys play with a toy cauldron hanging from a tree. Two year old Bertie has a different agenda to the older boy. Maths and pretend are brought in to this short game.

Good for looking at

  • COEL – Active learning
  • Maths
  • Pretend play
  • socialising
  • Imagination
  • Mixed ages
  • Forest nursery/kindergarten

 

Two boys play with a toy cauldron hanging from a tree. Two year old Bertie has a different agenda to the older boy. Maths and pretend are brought in to this short game.

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 does the environment support the children’s learning?
  • What is valuable about the materials provided as learning resources?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • How and what is each of the children learning?
  • Their levels of development?
  • How involved are the children in their game?
  • The value of this play for each of the children?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Extend the children’s game?
  • Support their social interaction?
  • Support each of the children’s interests in maths and pretend?

What next:

  • Do you see children using maths in their play in your setting? What can you do to encourage and support this?