Sharing Practice

Riverside Rascals: outdoor daycare

Published by Alix Marschani on 21st October 2019 at 2:46 pm | No Comments

Riverside Rascals invited me to visit their outdoor daycare setting which they neatly described as ‘one of a kind’. It is located in a nature reserve close to the Ivel Springs in Baldock. The setting caters for about nine children up to three years old. When I arrived the children were just having an afternoon […]

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Weaving stories

Published by Alix Marschani on 21st October 2019 at 9:09 am | No Comments

  Following our litter-pick  and nature walk we collected a few natural items to recreate our own nature thoughts onto a dream catcher.  Using coloured wools to weave a web, adding bits such as acorns, leaves, bark and ribbon, we retraced our journeys from outdoors. They all looked different as there was no ‘right’ or […]

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Down in the woods

Published by Alix Marschani on 20th October 2019 at 4:37 pm | 2 Comments

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our chidlren’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” Richard Louv (2006), Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Defecit Disorder. A group of interested practitioners met Tanya in the local common for two hours of woodland activity and […]

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Reflecting outdoors

Published by Alix Marschani on 14th October 2019 at 8:33 am | No Comments

“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.” Loris Malaguzzi inspired our exploration outdoors last week. Nine and ten year olds were not particularly interested when I provided a small hand mirror and told […]

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Outdoor Learning Forum 01.10.19

Published by Alix Marschani on 1st October 2019 at 7:09 pm | No Comments

Thank you to all who attended the first Outdoor Learning Forum this afternoon. We discussed why OL is important and how our children could benefit across key stages. I linked research information to the new Ofsted inspection framework.  Below are links to the various documents and initiatives mentioned:   Outdoor Learning Day:        https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/ Muddy Hands […]

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Year 5 learn outdoors

Published by Alix Marschani on 28th September 2019 at 12:30 pm | No Comments

Year 5s have started their Outdoor Learning on Wednesday afternoons. I have linked the OL to Citizenship and PSHE. We walked around the grounds and noted the different areas and the natural materials we could find. Then into small self-chosen  groups for a bit of role-play. Using these words – Be safe – Be responsible […]

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