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Winter Wellbeing

When faced with damp playgrounds, grey skies and soggy winter coats, it’s easy to be discouraged from going outside to learn. The concept of relaxing and enjoying a view or exploring in the dirt can automatically seem less welcoming. So you might not believe me when I tell you the photo above was taken on the New Forest coast this winter. If you step outside your classroom door you’ll never know how the day might turn out, the fact of being outdoors, being active and sharing with others can lift pupils’ mood, creativity and achievement. Some of the best trips we’ve had this year have been on the “grey days” at the end of the year. Continue reading Winter Wellbeing

New Forest Trot

Two innovative teachers are running a marathon in every national park! Read about their unique experience and perspective!

The National Park Challenge 2016

Route: Almost circular route from Lyndhurst to Burley, 26.26miles

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OK, so our original plan for this marathon did not quite happen as we wanted it but like anything science and outdoorsy, it is all about being flexible! Let me explain….

In addition to our Physics investigations throughout the month, we are also looking into different aspects of how the human body is affected by endurance efforts, including some of the misconceptions out there about how to prepare for such events. One such concept is the use of refined carbohydrates and sugar-based foods as a suitable fuel. A fair number of people asked us about carbo-loading during the weeks leading up to this Challenge and we have even joked about the need for cake to keep us going. Sure, cake is a great treat and since we are burning a significant amount of energy, there is little reason for us not…

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Getting Ready for a New Season at Paultons Park

professor blast paultonsThe 2016 season is nearly upon the Paultons Park Education Team and there is more than ever to look forward to this year when booking a school trip!

From unique learning days to reward trips, Paultons Park offers a great day out for school visits to the New Forest.

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Drawing from nature – nature journals

Capturing observations and feelings about nature
         Capturing observations and feelings about nature

Creating a nature journal or field guide can be a richly rewarding experience. It is the perfect way to develop and record an understanding of the natural world around you by using observation, reflection, drawing and creative writing.  Traditionally, nature study journals were more of a scientific way to record observations, but they can also be a wonderful way of capturing memories and feelings about nature experiences. Follow these guidelines for project ideas and drawing tips to get started. Continue reading Drawing from nature – nature journals

Out Of Egypt and into the New Forest

Out of Egypt is an interactive, curriculum linked exhibition coming to St Barbe Museum from 16 January to 27 February 2016. If you are teaching Egyptians this term, this is not to be missed.

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Sharing Shorelines and Arts Award Discover

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery are keen to talk to teachers interested in running Arts Award Discover in a Day. Take a look at the work pupils from Pennington Junior School created recently within the Shorelines exhibition. To talk about Arts Award or to bring a group to the museum email learning@stbarbe-museum.org.uk

Sharing Shorelines

Pennington Junior School have taken part in Arts Award Discover at the Shorelines exhibition and created wonderful new pieces of work.

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Brambles and blackberries

A keen blackberry forager!
            A keen but careful blackberry forager!

Blackberries must be one of our favourite and most commonly gathered wild food. Easy to recognise, children quickly learn how to identify blackberry fruits and eagerly help gather this annual feast. Foraging for wild foods is a wonderful activity which connects us to the seasons, increases observational and sensory skills and deepens our relationship to the natural world around us. For ‘blackberrying’ facts and activities read on …. Continue reading Brambles and blackberries