Planting potatoes in a pandemic

Published by Alix Marschani on 26th March 2020 at 10:08 am | 1 Comment

Day 2 of the national lockdown and we were expecting a small group of keyworker children at school who would need to be occupied in a mixed aged group with shared activities –  should we get on and plant potatoes during the pandemic, I mused? Social distancing This was my shift on the rota for […]

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News from our adopted reindeer Brave Hart

Published by Alix Marschani on 19th March 2020 at 11:23 am | No Comments

On the 10th of March, just before the pandemic arrived on our school doorstep, we had the amazing opportunity to Skype our reindeer herder friends and find out Brave Hart’s news. We last saw Brave Hart in the summer months ambling along with his herd outside the farm gates. We had a winter photo to […]

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Screen time linked to poor sleep habits in under 5s

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th March 2020 at 2:29 pm | No Comments

Associations of screen time, sedentary time and physical activity with sleep in under 5s: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2019.101226 This is a timely piece of research because it atempts to explain why too much exposure to screentime in under 5s is linked to poor sleep and associated health and developmental problems. A systematic review […]

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Nature paints

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th March 2020 at 2:04 pm | No Comments

Using large pebbles to rub grass, leaves and berries until the colour appeared, was how Y5 made their nature paints. A deft hand with a fine paintbrush was needed to swiftly transfer the extract to cloth and fill areas marked out with tape. The result was either colour blocked squares or more painterly scenes.    […]

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Tree walk in Glastonbury

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th February 2020 at 11:20 am | No Comments

Do you notice trees? Guest blogger Caroline Sherwood recounts highlights from her recent tree walk. To The Trees with Matthew Witt Matt Witt’s love for trees radiates from his presence and his presentation, as he guides groups around the lanes and fields of Avalon. With horticultural ancestral connections, Matt’s extensive knowledge comes from years of […]

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Impacts of nature play

Published by Alix Marschani on 24th February 2020 at 9:40 am | No Comments

Dankiw KA, Tsiros MD, Baldock KL, Kumar S (2020) The impacts of unstructured nature play on health in early childhood development: A systematic review. The aim of this research was to conduct a systematic review examining the impacts of nature play on the health and developmental outcomes of children aged 2–12 years. ‘Nature play’ is […]

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5 ways to focus on outdoor learning throughout primary

Published by Alix Marschani on 20th February 2020 at 11:36 am | No Comments

This article was written by myself for the TES online and published on 19.02.20. Outdoor learning becomes rarer as children progress through education, but the benefits are myriad. Outdoor learning rarely lasts much beyond early years education. But why does this happen? After all, it is well documented that outdoor learning improves the physical and […]

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