Sharing Practice

Y5 mapping the environment

Published by Alix Marschani on 2nd December 2019 at 7:23 am | 2 Comments

It started with a discussion about where would we find the most litter on our grounds. So we drew maps to alert each other to the ‘danger locations’ of rubbish. We also discussed why some substances were dangerous if left in the environment and what were the right choices if we found these items. Games […]

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Learning with loose parts in nursery class

Published by Alix Marschani on 16th November 2019 at 6:21 pm | No Comments

I was invited this past week to visit a nursery class set in a state maintained school in the home counties. The nursery teacher told me she uses ‘the theory of loose parts’ as a stimulus for children’s learning alongside the EYFS curriculum. She wanted to bounce some ideas and share her nursery practice. What […]

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Why tie a knot in a rope?

Published by Alix Marschani on 11th November 2019 at 8:11 am | No Comments

Year 5 got to grips with two essential rope knots: the clove hitch and the timber hitch. They watched the demonstration in disbelief that this could be achieved because many struggle to tie their own laces. Hearing that a knot should be able to be undone easily set the standard we were aiming for. Working […]

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Y3 exploring faith through art

Published by Alix Marschani on 27th October 2019 at 2:06 pm | 1 Comment

This term Y3 have been exploring the beliefs and practices to explain how symbolic actions communicate meaning. We looked at two major world faiths: Christianity and Islam. We have been learning about the practices and ritual found in both faiths. Both religions have a recognisable symbol, and we drew this on the ground outside. Natural […]

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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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