Sharing Practice

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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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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Tree faces

Published by Alix Marschani on 16th February 2020 at 9:23 am | No Comments

    The Gift of the Tree by Lenore Hetrick. Trees offer to those that love them A message of peace and rest. They bring the glow of the setting sun As it vanishes west. They tell of years that swiftly pass, With little mark or scar. They tell of evenings that know naught But […]

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Will it float?

Published by Alix Marschani on 9th February 2020 at 8:18 am | No Comments

Year 5 are used to tieing knots and using sticks safely, so now it was time to create a raft. This weeks task was to join pieces of bamboo with twine and add a centre mast with leaf flag. Working in friendship groups of about four, they selected their materials carefully and then began to […]

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The den challenge

Published by Alix Marschani on 26th January 2020 at 7:42 am | No Comments

Year 5 brought ALL of their skills together to build a den collectively. Time was running out because the Big Bad Wolf was about! Tarpaulin, rope, bamboo sticks and branches needed to be assembled to create a safe place for everyone in twenty minutes! And this is what Y5 did: Let’s put the branches into […]

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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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