Can you guess where this soil is from?

Published by Alix Marschani on 4th October 2020 at 10:56 am | No Comments

‘Tell me what you think of this soil?’ was my question as the gardening group heaped more from the bucket into the crate. ‘Well, it smells nice…’ said one voice in the crowd. ‘And it is soft?’ piped in another. ‘Hmm… and do you know where this soil comes from?’ The BIG question. I was […]

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Talking what’s inside outside

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th September 2020 at 12:40 pm | No Comments

Nature is a place of regeneration, abundance, colour, peacefulness and life. It’s a place we share with others, including wildlife, the weather, and it carries on regardless. A resilient site for young children who need a bit of extra attention and calm to talk and play through any stress in their lives. The school growing […]

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Living in the weather world: reconnection as a path to sustainability

Published by Alix Marschani on 26th September 2020 at 11:21 am | No Comments

Do you ever question the emphasis upon sunny weather over fog, mist, rain and snow? Could this impact upon how we relate and respond to the natural world? Living in a weather-world means we must embrace all weather types, insists Arran Stibbe, if we are to help people engage with the environmental issues we face […]

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Single-use plastic straws are back

Published by Alix Marschani on 14th September 2020 at 9:46 am | No Comments

You can only feel happy when you see all the smiling faces of pupils and staff at school, seperated from each other for so long during the enforced school closure. We came back with a determination to make it work and stay safe. But in rightly protecting our health, have we considered the impact upon […]

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Why I make time to walk ponies

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th August 2020 at 2:06 pm | No Comments

A top staycation activity for me this summer has been to walk a friends Falabella ponies. Living in a semi-rural location means walking is an easy way to enjoy the better weather, spot local wildlife as the cornfields are harvested, note the fruit beginning to mature in the local orchards, whilst skirting the muddy puddles […]

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Taking steps towards the eco-minded child

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th July 2020 at 9:11 am | No Comments

Making time for environmental issues in the school day is hard when the set curriculum dominates time. But eco-issues interest this generation. This has been seen, for example, in their responses to reducing plastic in school. Whilst I organized the action they took on the responsibility for seeing initiatives through. Everyday actions inspire doable environmentalism. […]

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Engaging children’s interest in insect hotels

Published by Alix Marschani on 13th July 2020 at 11:24 am | No Comments

What is the best way to engage young children in insect hotels? Many of us dot bought insect houses about our outdoor areas, but do we stop to consider their educational value or purpose? Do children actually remember they are there? When did you last take a peep and note any insects? This research paper […]

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