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
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 ...