Portals to Imagined Worlds

  Children love the idea of other worlds being out there; imaginary lands that they might one day discover. Some of the most famous children’s books, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Faraway Tree, to name a few of my old favourites, tap into …

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Daydream Believer

The summer holidays are a perfect time for daydreaming. When children tell us that they’re bored, it is our natural instinct to want to solve the problem, but I am convinced that some of the best imaginative and creative ideas stem from boredom. In term time, school, clubs, electronic devices and …

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“Personi-whatsit?”

In Key Stage 2 children start to think in more depth about how writers use figurative language to create effect in their writing. Personification has the potential to be such an obscure concept for children with, “personi-whatsit,” being something I overheard recently. Teaching this outside allows for far greater understanding, …

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The Enchantment of Elvaston

What better location for an outdoor literacy lesson than Elvaston Castle Country Park. What a place it is for sparking imagination and encouraging narrative. It has everything from woodland walks and rambling streams, to hidden caves and grassy nooks. Adventure beckons and collecting bags are a must! It is without …

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Pinecone Wishes

Children have always found pinecones fascinating; from their shape and tactile nature, to the way they close up in the rain to protect their seeds. My own children never fail to come away from any visit to the woods with their pockets bursting with them. For teaching purposes, I find …

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Dragons at Parkhead Woods

  The day the dragons came! On Friday morning I was lucky enough to be working with a fantastic group of Y3 children in Parkhead Woods. When I told them that dragons had been sighted in the woods, it resulted in a flurry of excitement and much discussion about where the dragons had come …

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