Foil rubbings are awesome

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th January 2021 at 10:57 am | No Comments

The January gloom, rain, sleet and wind chill had got too much for my bubble class of eight year olds, so what better than create a little magic with foil rubbings. For a simple activity the result remains awesome! First, we went for a nature walk and collected any natural item. All of it was […]

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Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

Published by Alix Marschani on 14th December 2020 at 11:39 am | No Comments

For when you next go scavenger hunting outdoors. 1.Find something that makes you happy 2. Something to give someone else to make them smile. 3. Find one thing you love to smell. 4. Find one thing you enjoy looking at. 5. Find something that is your favourite colour. 6. Find something in nature that you […]

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Educating with Purpose: The heart of what matters

Published by Alix Marschani on 12th December 2020 at 10:24 am | No Comments

Has the Covid-19 pandemic given you time to reflect upon what schooling should be about? Stephen Tierney has written ‘Educating with Purpose: the heart of what matters’ during the global pandemic to examine this very question. Stephen Tierney, a retired secondary and primary headteacher from Blackpool UK believes the global pandemic has been a unique […]

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What is it with Shiitake mushrooms?

Published by Alix Marschani on 6th December 2020 at 3:23 pm | No Comments

If you are not having luck with growing mushrooms then read this guest gardening blog. Three years ago on a rare trip to Borough Market in London we bought a shiitake mushroom growing kit on a whim. It was not something we had done before but the seller was very persuasive and it was good […]

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Having fun making mulch

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th November 2020 at 12:39 pm | No Comments

Never underestimate the FUN that can be had collecting old leaves. These can provide a useful layer in the compost bin and be turned into mulch to be used in the growing garden. Armed with a bin liner, a group of eight year olds raced around the playground scooping up the fallen leaves. Amidst the […]

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Seed balling the mini-meadow

Published by Alix Marschani on 14th November 2020 at 11:04 am | No Comments

In the documentary┬áPrince William: A Planet for Us All, some school children show HRH how they transformed an unloved greenspace near their school into a colourful wildflower meadow. To encourage more schools and groups to plant wildflowers for nature and take action on issues they care about, HRH has inspired Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation, Clarion […]

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A quick planting activity

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th October 2020 at 10:13 am | No Comments

No one quite believed that the dried peas would actually grow and be edible. For a quick result, dried peas planted into a small pot of compost can yield some edible leaves. Smart restaurants use these in side salads – so, how lucky you are, I told my Y3 gardeners. Too late for a bean […]

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