How to protect ourselves, others, and the places we visit outdoors

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th July 2020 at 11:20 am | 1 Comment

The Rainbow Bubble group of five to seven year olds wanted to share with you their information poster. The COVID 19 pandemic has changed our behaviours and our poster explains how to stay safe during the school summer holidays.              Let’s all be sensible, enjoy the outdoors and have a safe […]

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Gardening notes in these difficult times: hens

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th June 2020 at 8:25 am | No Comments

What do you do when disaster strikes your hens? If your garden is a home to hens then this bit of news from Debbie the gardener will delight you. Sadly a fox got into our fully enclosed hen run recently and left a trail of carnage behind. We rescued a badly injured young Yokohama cock […]

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Can we play with hoops and snails?

Published by Alix Marschani on 15th June 2020 at 11:52 am | No Comments

‘When we go outside let’s play with hoops, please!’ Another joined in adding, ‘and snails.’ ‘Well, hoops and snails then.’ It was settled quickly. Our bubble bucket contained the hoops and everyone knew where the snails lived. But as with all 5 to 7 year olds, the activity changed as more children added their ideas […]

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What educators can learn from Monty Roberts

Published by Alix Marschani on 8th June 2020 at 5:00 pm | No Comments

Learning how to manage behaviour from a different discipline can bring insights into the work of any educator. While reading this book written by a master of horsemanship, I became reflective of practice, confirming in my mind the need for educators to be more questioning of directed teaching, enforcing rules and how we deal with […]

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Being out with my ‘bubble’ at school

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th June 2020 at 11:45 am | No Comments

So what did you do at school today? ‘We were outdoors and had fun!’ replied a member of the bubble. And that was my educator intention. When I asked the question ‘did you spend time outdoors in nature with your families?’ the reply was ‘a little’ or ‘no’. Many of these 5 to 7 year […]

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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Published by Alix Marschani on 26th May 2020 at 7:26 am | No Comments

If you want to read about plants and a ‘science deeper than data’ then this is the book. The author combines a blend of botany, Native American mythology, natural history, which she entwines with a personal, homespun philosophy to explain the gift that is the natural world. Robin Wall Kimmerer urges the reader to ‘extend […]

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Outdoor Classroom Day with the key worker group

Published by Alix Marschani on 22nd May 2020 at 9:40 am | No Comments

With the sun blazing, an unmown field with weeds aplenty, Outdoor Classroom Day had arrived. The difference this May 2020 was in the reduced numbers of children attending this event at school. Instead of fourteen classes we had as many children you can count on two hands, but we went ahead because being in nature […]

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