Educating Outside by Helen Porter

Published by Alix Marschani on 20th January 2020 at 12:33 pm | No Comments

This book comes highly recommended by practitioners and lecturers in education. In this blog the author Helen Porter describes part of her journey as a primary teacher with an interest in developing outdoor learning using the UK national curriculum. If you use this book in your practice please leave a comment for our readers. Helen […]

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What will you do with those branches?

Published by Alix Marschani on 18th January 2020 at 1:49 pm | No Comments

Sixty ten year olds were given half an hour to make a structure with sticks and branches. Working in friendship groups they had to respond to the challenge using teamwork, minimal resources and a lot of imagination. This is what they did: ‘Let’s lean them against the fence to make a shelter’. ‘We put the […]

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Child health, wellbeing and education: research article

Published by Alix Marschani on 12th January 2020 at 11:29 am | No Comments

Marchant E, Todd C, Cooksey R, Dredge S, Jones H, Reynolds D, et al. (2019) Curriculum-based outdoor learning for children aged 9-11: A qualitative analysis of pupils’ and teachers’ views. Abstract: ‘The relationship between child health, wellbeing and education demonstrates that healthier and happier children achieve higher educational attainment. An engaging curriculum that facilitates children […]

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Caroline Sherwood: A last word on the environment?

Published by Alix Marschani on 12th January 2020 at 8:59 am | No Comments

The State of Things and the State of Things to Come: Joining up the Environmental Dots  The narrow bandwidth of sensory perception we have been operating in for the last 200 years will no longer serve us in the coming times of change, and awareness is the first step towards implementing that change. Susan Raven […]

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Caroline Sherwood: breathing the sky

Published by Alix Marschani on 12th January 2020 at 8:20 am | No Comments

Third meditation from guest blogger Caroline Sherwood. From the book: Making Friends with Ourselves: Introducing Children to Meditation.   BREATHING THE SKY To encourage interest in colour and its relationship to mood and emotion To develop a quality of spaciousness and openness in which opportunities can arise, and understanding can grow To develop perspective. Have […]

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Caroline Sherwood: animal and plant friends

Published by Alix Marschani on 12th January 2020 at 8:04 am | No Comments

Second meditation from guest blogger Caroline Sherwood. From the book: Making Friends with Ourselves: Introducing Children to Meditation.   Animal and plant friends To promote respect for all living creatures To give a chance for fears and prejudices about different creatures (e.g. spiders, crocodiles and maggots!) to be aired & examined To encourage responsibility for […]

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Guest blog by Caroline Sherwood: introducing children to meditation

Published by Alix Marschani on 12th January 2020 at 7:52 am | No Comments

First meditation from guest blogger Caroline Sherwood. From the book: Making Friends with Ourselves: Introducing Children to Meditation. Intro  A Crisis of Sensitivity The ecological crisis is actually a crisis of sensitivity, which is in fact a crisis of the senses. Living at too fast a pace (with insufficient time to process information, impressions and […]

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