Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Exploring outside

Castle Grove Infant School

We made puppets of Family members and children were following their own instincts and ideas to make a puppet in their own way (e.g. using a different method to build the body) which was really good to see. In the afternoon there was some lovely exploring of different spaces and imaginative play. The school grounds were well equipped with lots of features - wooden posts, tyres and trees, which leant itself to the activity. We made a trail of different places to visit with pieces of fabric to make tunnels, pathways and dens. Children worked together in groups of 3 or 4, made homes for their puppets to live and played with them, inventing stories. There was lots of interaction and conversation going on as they explored the space and the Class Teacher commented on how valuable it was to have time to observe the children’s interaction. In particular she noted that one child who has selective mutism was chatting away to other children.