Sharing Practice

20 ways to bring nature home

Published by Alix Marschani on 18th April 2021 at 9:38 am | No Comments

‘But how do I get them to begin to like nature?’ was the question.  A friend complained of her ‘switched off’ from nature but electronic gadget loving children, blind to what was going on outside their window. My answer? ‘Try some of these easy steps for your five and seven year old’. Readers of this […]

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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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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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Can we play with hoops and snails?

Published by Alix Marschani on 15th June 2020 at 11:52 am | No Comments

‘When we go outside let’s play with hoops, please!’ Another joined in adding, ‘and snails.’ ‘Well, hoops and snails then.’ It was settled quickly. Our bubble bucket contained the hoops and everyone knew where the snails lived. But as with all 5 to 7 year olds, the activity changed as more children added their ideas […]

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Being out with my ‘bubble’ at school

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th June 2020 at 11:45 am | No Comments

So what did you do at school today? ‘We were outdoors and had fun!’ replied a member of the bubble. And that was my educator intention. When I asked the question ‘did you spend time outdoors in nature with your families?’ the reply was ‘a little’ or ‘no’. Many of these 5 to 7 year […]

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Outdoor Classroom Day with the key worker group

Published by Alix Marschani on 22nd May 2020 at 9:40 am | No Comments

With the sun blazing, an unmown field with weeds aplenty, Outdoor Classroom Day had arrived. The difference this May 2020 was in the reduced numbers of children attending this event at school. Instead of fourteen classes we had as many children you can count on two hands, but we went ahead because being in nature […]

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