Sharing Practice

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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Loose parts again

Published by Alix Marschani on 8th April 2020 at 10:42 am | No Comments

What do you do on a sunny day with a small group of mixed aged children? The keyworker children’s group wanted to do something different. ‘It’s going to be those loose parts to the rescue,’ I knew. Nothing like leaving a group to get on with it and invent, play, negotiate and explore ideas. Afterall, […]

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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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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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