St. Barnabas Church of England Primary School

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Playing and Exploring - ENGAGEMENT

Playing & Exploring    
Finding Out & Exploring Playing with What They Know Being willing "to have a go"
  • Showing curiosity about objects and events and people.
  • Using senses to explore the world around them.
  • Engaging in open ended activity.
  • Showing particular interests.


  • Pretending objects are things from their experiences.
  • Representing their experiences in play.
  • Taking on a role in their play.
  • Acting out experiences with other people.



  • Initiating activities.
  • Seeking challenge.
  • Showing "a can do" attitude.
  • Taking a risk, engaging in new experiences, and learning by trial and error.