Blog Observation Series 4 ep1

Series 4 Welcome to D

D is working in a group of three, using wooden planks, and straw bales, she is making suggestions “why don’t we use that?”, D is pointing to the blue rope. D is making the group laugh, as she is suggesting that“this could be our private strip club, and E and N could be the pimps”.

D’s group have four hay bales on the ground, stacked at one level, 5 wooden stakes, and army camouflage material. D is placing cocktail sticks into the straw bales, then reaching to lay artificial flowers beside a guitar which is propped against her group structure. “Ben 10! oh my gosh I nearly passed out”, D is attempting to blow up an inflatable, she laughs and moves around looking at the structure. “I wish we could hang this up”, D has in her hand a plastic planet.

D is adding orange, red and white curtains to the structure; she is now extending and manipulating the original structure by moving the planks of wood, and including cardboard shoe boxes.

D is crouching down and removing a pair of rubber gloves from a bag, she is starting to blow them up. When fully blown, she adds this to the structure. D is holding blue rope in her hands, and starts to tie one end to the window and the other end to a stake placed into hay bale.

D is now attaching the rubber gloves to the rope by using ribbons. D is speaking with her other group members as she places fuchsia coloured material to a stake, making it wrap around in snake like manner. She continues by also attaching a tambourine to the blue rope making it dangle down.

D is investigating another clothing bag, rummaging for second, then stops. N picks up a clear umbrella and asks D “what to do”, she points their”, N adds this to structure. D calls out “I’ve tied a compass to this”, she adds the compass to the ribbon, and makes it hang from the rope.

D is continuing to move about, and persists in blowing up the inflatable in her hand. She is moving around collecting loose parts, and speaking, and negotiating how the structure is changing. D says to E “looks a little bit like a ship”, yeah N say’s “like a “space ship”.

D’s group is working effectively, there are no vocal ideas being exchanged, nor am I able to see anything drawn down on paper.

D is returns to the clothing box, and collects a hanger, she places the hanger onto the rope.

D is negotiating the structure change, with E, saying “should we leave the plank of wood on the ground? or raise it on top of the bale?”. D moves and collects four plastic basins, she turns them upside down places them inside the structure.

D is supporting N with part of the structure, as the cardboard boxes continue to fall. All three members are providing each other with structural ideas, and have managed to make the cardboard stay up.

D’s group stand around their structure, and provide all else at the centre with an explanation of their magical space. D is being encouraged by the other group members to lead. D say’s there’s a little space going on, and points, she leads everyone into the structure while she continues to talk. D encourages everyone to follow her, and gives a tour. She sits down on a straw bale, and starts to sing. D is pretending to play the guitar as everyone sits down inside the structure. She is speaking about areas to drink coffee, she waves her hand to encourage others to enter through a secret tunnel. D starts to sing “come by ya”, and E starts to play the tambourine, others join in the singing.

M speaks with group about the process of creating a structure. D askes M for her opinion on her group, then say’s “you’d never get bored, you can just knock it down and build something new, and the good thing is you don’t need any planning permission”, the group erupts into laughter.

D has remained wearing the pink rubber gloves, with green fluffy cleaner in hand throughout the tour of their structure, and continues to wear them while the other group explain their structure.

In D’s explanation to the group she spoke about creating play spaces, different play types, and the amount of things to touch. D mentioned fantasy play as a play type that was involved in her imagination. She mentioned symbolic play. D also mentioned the play work curriculum, which triggered M to ask other candidates about there understanding of this. D spoke about it being like being a builder, or scientist, and that’s what helped her group make their strip club