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I have always loved outdoor Education. There are many beautiful safe spaces outdoors. Right now we have to be creative and adapt to more online sharing. So I added some useful activities and will ensure some are free so that parent/teachers receive the benefit with social distancing in place.

I have always loved outdoor Education. There are many beautiful safe spaces outdoors. Right now we have to be creative and adapt to more online sharing. So I added some useful activities and will ensure some are free so that parent/teachers receive the benefit with social distancing in place.
Writing Readiness - Begin with Good practice
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Writing Readiness - Begin with Good practice

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Good practice from the very beginning will give your child the edge with both handwriting and reading readiness. If your 3 year old wants to write here’s the starting block! All in fun with ZIG ZAG - WIG-WAM approach Ideal learning moments happen when the child is ready and keen - not forced. Here is an activity for you to enjoy combining FUN together with the right approach. • Correct hand movements • Correct pencil-holding and enjoying the chat as you go! • Top to Bottom • Left to right Zig Zag • Wig Wam 1,2,3 • Timing is crucial. This suggested sequence ensures the child gets into good writing habits for letter formation. It is all very easy for parents to feel they are helping their child to write early. But there is a time when this only makes the teacher’s job more difficult to undo the letter formation she has learn’t and practiced at home. With parents’ permission for this short clip, I am with a three year old maximizing a learning situation as this student really wanted to write during Free Play . Excuse the noise in the background but 3 and 4 year olds were busy and happy enjoying their chosen areas of inquiry. Enjoy this short video example of great EDUCATIONAL SATISFACTION for both TEACHER and PUPIL when INDIVIDUAL NEEDS are MET. I believe in getting the basics right keeping the FUN element. As I teach across the board, I noticed how many teenagers struggle with handwriting issues. It is increasing in number . So many fail exams due to illegible handwriting. It is a privileged position to be the child’s first ever teacher. This exercise encourages correct posture and correct pencil-holding from the very beginning - this becomes their life-long key to future academic success. All important habits learnt when young should be aimed at ensuring more confidence and encouraging comfortable and natural movements. All permissions granted for this presentation that was caught by my Classroom Assistant. So pleased this was captured as I hope it is useful and helps as many teachers as possible! Please kindly share your feedback/review. Thanks! Happy Learning moments to all you hardworking teachers! Marguerite MacLean
Patterns in Nature - Outdoor space
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Patterns in Nature - Outdoor space

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This is a real fun activity for children to work on their own or in pairs. With social distancing it is a perfect solution for a family who need their outdoor exercise as well as an Art Lesson. As with all my teaching philosophies…many subjects overlap here and the degree of interaction and discussion with parent/teachers is up to them. If they choose to enjoy mind-space…freedom of beach and exercise with one eye on their happy children, here’s the answer: Activity involves movement, running finding, observing as they spot the patterns in nature! William Morris had a love for the natural world . As a young boy he was given a garden to spot patterns in nature . He was famous for this. He used natural organic forms in his designs. THIS LESSON COMBINES ART, SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, MATHS and GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY. Explain why/how it links with the above subjects when the activity is complete.
Spot fluvial action on the beach
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Spot fluvial action on the beach

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Fun Science/Geography outdoor education: Spot the various types of fluvial action of water on the beach to form patterns. 3 actions take place: Erosion, transportation and deposition. Chemical action includes corrosion. Mechanical action is the force of running water wearing down rocks or sand. Bashing rocks together makes them rounded. Water transports them backwards and forwards as they bash each-other. Children will explore the beach enjoying outdoor safe spaces! The exercise they will get is a byproduct of their discoveries. They can identify with the photos matching them with the amazing natural patterns created by water on sand and stones. This stimulates much discussion and also gives parent- teachers a much needed chance to walk/run the beach knowing their child is using their own enquiring mind to figure out the beauty and energy of wave interaction.
Match natural things on the Beach
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Match natural things on the Beach

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A great one for self-isolating families with younger children. Outdoor observation and movement activity. There is nothing more exciting than exploring a beach. By running into open spaces and wading through rock pools or digging in the sand, the exercise element matches the educational benefit. To find and collate the natural living or non-living photos of nature in this project involves using the natural elements, focusing on patterns of behavior in nature and overlaps many areas of discussion. Linking with Art, Biology, Science, Geography and English vocabulary. Parents will love this as they can enjoy knowing their child is following their own initiative in searching for all the natural items on their page. This can be re-used, and wiped down if laminated. All items may not be visible in the same outing. I suggest discussions on other things found and shared adventures together as a family if self-isolating. I hope you have as much fun with this activity as I did taking the photos on my local beach and creating it. Enjoy!
GustoSinga  - Screenplay - School Production
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GustoSinga - Screenplay - School Production

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This is a very timely and exciting story and will bring out the hidden curriculum if shared as a School Production. It covers an extreme journey taken by a brave woman from Africa in the 1930's. There is humour and pleasure in every page sharing a positive vibe and excellent communication with animals and people through listening skills. We are all on a journey and the Author invites every reader to join her on this one. It is written to encourage, young people – and the young at heart to embrace the future of our world with a new awareness like never before. May there be new respect for listening to experiential knowledge and to reality in the calls of nature. GustoSinga is an exciting adventure, based on truth and written with imagination. It's about a huge leap of faith made together with a lion cub called Gusto to the other side of the world to meet Singa, the tiger cub. If the elephants can share over countries as they do, may the Author's written words share an adaptability and sensitivity to cultural diversity and an important insight into endangered species, and collectively, our endangered Planet Earth. “I can highly recommend this book for ALL ages....This story is so suitable for today’s fast pace… shared factually and creatively to spellbind every reader. This read will transport the reader to sunny climes across the oceans in a plethora of eventualities. I will be looking out for the movie.” – Diane Durrant BA. Hons, Cert Ed, RSA Dip SPLD “Reading this story gave me a unique, imaginative experience. It is a valuable allegory teaching youth to look beyond the appearance of things – deeper into the significance....drawing out particular qualities and asking us to understand that life is more than the appearance"Prof Robin Broadhead “GustoSinga expresses a compelling message that is so timely. Never before on planet earth have we been as interconnected as we are today. Yet while technology races apace, GustoSinga reminds us we have a shared humanity of love, hope and unshakeable optimism.” – Rebecca Mok TOK Co-ordinator – Singapore Ex Headteacher, Head of English Dept Author of English Grammar Educational Books