My year in teaching: adventures with my early years class

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Early years teacher Claire Navaie looks back on imaginary trips and amazing adventures from the past 12 months – and explains how her nursery school’s creative and spontaneous approach enables every child to be king of the castle

Adventures with my early years class

I want to go on a school trip, Claire. A big trip,” said Laura, handing out the high-vis jackets she’d found in the home corner to her friends. I wondered aloud where they would go. Another child went to the shop role-play area and handed me a tin of shortbread.

“Here. I want to go here,” Thamina said, pointing. On the tin was a picture of a castle.

“Ah, you want to go to a castle,” I responded.

From here, some brilliant child-initiated role play took place. Six children headed off on a school trip to a “castle” (the large climbing structure in the garden).

The children acted out first ...

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