Pass it on
Sandra Woodman Tyning Hengrove School, Bristol
To extend topic and project work for infants, and give them the opportunity to develop personal and social skills while gaining a very basic understanding of business, economic and environmental education, we have turned the interiors of two large cloakrooms into themed role play areas. The space created, called Barlow Landscape Gardening Centre and Sam's DIY, were initially developed by our nursery nurse to link in with topic work and environmentaltechnology projects. To initiate role play the children were taken on a visit to our local Do It All shop to learn the ropes. Within these areas, which are changed each term to link with whatever topic we are working on, the children role play co-operatively and collaboratively at all times. It is also an excellent utilisation of space with coats and bags accommodated around the outside of the cloakroom.
Marie Sparrow Science Co-ordinator, Samuel Barlow Primary and Nursery School, Nottinghamshire
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