Wednesday, 20 June 2018

30 Days Wild - Day 20

Making the most of these long, light midsummer evenings with a simple fire in the fire pit after dinner, and chocolate bananas for a pre-bedtime snack …


30 Days Wild - Day 19

Great excitement today watching our 5 caterpillars crawl up to the top of their pot where they positioned themselves ready to turn into chrysalises … Such an amazing transformation to observe … We transferred them into the chrysalis station and butterfly habitat and now await their emergence …


30 Days Wild - Day 18

Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best … Playtime beneath a blue sky.

Playgrounds built from wood and natural materials are always the best!


Monday, 18 June 2018

30 Days Wild - Day 17

This morning, my six-year-old was set on making clay models of his favourite creatures: a shark, a jellyfish, a dolphin, a whale, a gulper eel, a butterfly, a duck-billed platypus. There is an oceans theme underlying much of his play and learning at the moment …

In the garden, the first flower appeared on my beautiful passiflora …

And this afternoon, smallest son and I sat down to watch a documentary about orang-utans: Red Ape - Saving the Orangutan. My son has loved orangutans from babyhood, and wanted to watch this although I said some scenes might be upsetting. They were. It reminded us again about the reckless destruction of Borneo's rainforests, and the relentless onslaught of palm oil plantations, row upon row of palm trees, from horizon to horizon, as far as the eye can see. Homeless and orphaned orangutans in their hundreds. And still the global market demands more, more of this madness. Please watch the programme. Please check your supermarket products for palm oil, and refuse it or demand sustainably sourced. It is in most margarines, and most snack and processed foods. It is in some breads. It is in Cadbury chocolate, much to my dismay. It is in many cosmetics and beauty products. Be warned. Awareness of this product could seriously change your shopping habits!


"Y1 should be like early years, not vice versa."

I've been saying this for years … Yet the DfE still seems to be going in the wrong direction …

"Y1 should be like early years, not vice versa."
"It shouldn't be about children being ready for school, but schools being ready for children," writes Aidan Severs.

Read the full article HERE.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Tougher Maths GCSE is calculated to multiply stress and failure

Revamped exams for 15-year-olds are retrograde and will hurt less able students, argues Kenneth Baker (Conservative peer and former Education Secretary) in The Financial Times

Read the full article HERE.

30 Days Wild - Day 16

There was a Wildfest event at one of our local Wildlife Trusts today, so my six-year-old and I went along this morning.

We had a busy day today, so couldn't stay long, but he got to bash out some leaves and flowers on to a piece of cloth to create a unique art work, and to craft a clay hedgehog, which he enjoyed.