Rainbow Maths Sticks – Guest Blog from Creative Star Learning

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized88 Comments

If you haven’t come across Creative Star Learning, then it is a definite to add to your blog list. It is hosted by the lovely Juliet Robertson who has some brilliant ideas for outdoor learning and play. I asked her if she would share a post on my blog. I am pleased to say she said ‘yes’! So, here it is. Thank you Juliet! The mathematical potential of a stick never ceases to amaze me. Here’s my latest idea which is remarkably simple and came about owing to overhearing someone mention colour coding. You get some sticks. You paint the ends different colours. You play with them. You explore the potential for maths. That’s it. Experiment! Now if you have … Read More

Cool Canvas Water Wall Giveaway

Alistair Bryce-CleggOutdoors, Uncategorized440 Comments

The last time that we did a Cool Canvas giveaway, it was for The Shack. The Shack was won by Kate Wood, and last week it was delivered to her school where it now has pride of place in her outdoor area.     It looks brilliant Kate, thanks for sharing the photos. If you fancy a Shack of your own then you can buy them via Cool Canvas . This time around, Oliver has donated one of these amazing water walls for one of you to win. The Water Wall consists of a 1.2m x 1.2m board with attached top quality gutters, brackets and pump with hose and is worth  £750 + vat. The water wall includes: Gutter x 7 Down … Read More

Scorpions In Your Sand Tray and other Outdoor Play!

abc doesBoys Learning, Continuous Provision, Outdoors22 Comments

This February half term I was lucky enough to be invited to go out to Brunei and work with the team at Hornbill School.  The school  caters for both Nepali children of Gurkha soldiers and children of serving British military and civilian MOD personnel.  It has over 480 children from 3 – 11 years of age.  Usually the school has around 85-90% of children with English as an additional language (EAL), with high mobility as a result of unit moves and redeployment. So not without it’s challenges! Having said that they were judged ‘Outstanding’ at their last inspection. I was working with the Senior Management Team and the Early Years Department doing a mixture of observation, action planning, data analysis, … Read More

Seed Bombing!

abc doesChild Initiated Learning, Creativity, Outdoors6 Comments

Now that the weather has finally decided to warm up a bit, you might want to get your children to partake in a little bit of Seed Bombing. Seed Bombing originally started out as a way of bringing a bit of 'nature' and 'colour' to disused and derelict pieces of land in towns and cities, but now you can buy ready made seed bombs to scatter in your own garden or outdoor area. But, why buy when you can make your own? (I was ably assisted by my youngest son, Geordie and my niece, Mabel). The concept of a Seed Bomb is a ball of seeds wrapped in compost and red clay. The clay gradually disintegrates when it is left … Read More