My thanks to head teacher Andrew Squire and the staff and children of St John’s Primary School who are allowing me to visit their school each week to observe children at play. I am passionate about the value of free play for all ages and in helping schools to understand what is being missed if play opportunities are undervalued and marginalised. After only two extended visits I have taken many notes and I hope that not only will I learn a great deal but that the school will benefit from discussing my observations. I am creating a new website to focus on play and playful approaches to teaching and learning and will share the details as soon as it is up and running.
I recently attended a two-day forest skills course run by Chris at ‘Wildwise’ – www.wildwise.co.uk ) at Dartington. While I have some experience of firelighting, foraging and shelter building it was more than just brushing up on skills, I learnt considerably more than I perhaps expected in those areas as well as use of knives etc.
It was a small group and Chris has a very relaxed manner and great expertise. I would thoroughly recommend it. He also works with children and families and hosts other courses such as ‘Environmental Storytelling’ which I hope to attend next year.