Y5 mapping the environment

Published by Alix Marschani on 2nd December 2019 at 7:23 am | 2 Comments

It started with a discussion about where would we find the most litter on our grounds. So we drew maps to alert each other to the ‘danger locations’ of rubbish. We also discussed why some substances were dangerous if left in the environment and what were the right choices if we found these items. Games […]

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesy

Published by Alix Marschani on 22nd November 2019 at 2:19 pm | No Comments

‘I think children ask questions we stop asking’, said Charles Mackesy about his new book for all ages, and it is these universal questions that the author and illustrator explores in this wonderful book. Each hand illustrated page is filled with recognisable universal truths spoken through his selected characters. A joy it is to turn […]

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Learning with loose parts in nursery class

Published by Alix Marschani on 16th November 2019 at 6:21 pm | No Comments

I was invited this past week to visit a nursery class set in a state maintained school in the home counties. The nursery teacher told me she uses ‘the theory of loose parts’ as a stimulus for children’s learning alongside the EYFS curriculum. She wanted to bounce some ideas and share her nursery practice. What […]

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Why tie a knot in a rope?

Published by Alix Marschani on 11th November 2019 at 8:11 am | No Comments

Year 5 got to grips with two essential rope knots: the clove hitch and the timber hitch. They watched the demonstration in disbelief that this could be achieved because many struggle to tie their own laces. Hearing that a knot should be able to be undone easily set the standard we were aiming for. Working […]

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Benefits of a nature nurture hour

Published by Alix Marschani on 10th November 2019 at 8:17 am | No Comments

The Wildlife Trusts commissioned UCL to evaluate the possible effects of nature activities upon 450 children aged between 8 – 9 years old. It will come as no surprise to read that the findings were positive. Here is a summary: 90% of children felt they learned something new about the natural world 79% felt that […]

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Native seed bombs

Published by Alix Marschani on 4th November 2019 at 9:01 am | No Comments

A really fun way to get children thinking about seed dispersal. Very few seeds actually survive in the ground during winter as only 1%  is said to make it to spring. This is where the seed bomb can help. What is a seed bomb? Seeds are contained in organic matter, namely potting compost and clay, […]

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Y3 exploring faith through art

Published by Alix Marschani on 27th October 2019 at 2:06 pm | 1 Comment

This term Y3 have been exploring the beliefs and practices to explain how symbolic actions communicate meaning. We looked at two major world faiths: Christianity and Islam. We have been learning about the practices and ritual found in both faiths. Both religions have a recognisable symbol, and we drew this on the ground outside. Natural […]

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