Category Archives: Participation & Engagement

Flora Oven

Working with Indigo Brave & The Hockerton Housing Project has been a delight.  Creating another Cob Oven from the ground up was a wonderful experience.  As always it is a social, calming and empowering activity to share with others.  The community decided they wanted an oven decorated in flora and everyone had their chance to […]

Mud kitchen

I have just completed a short but wonderful ‘Together We Learn More’ project at Ogley Hay Nursery School in Walsall.  I supported parents to generate ideas and make this inspiring outdoor kitchen.  They created it with recycled and found materials, ‘everything including the kitchen sink.’  It was great to see the parents so engaged and […]

The Like Post

I have just spent a great day asking young people to consider what they like and to secretly add it to ‘The Like Post.’ These are some of the 300 responses that were left as part of the Circuit Festival activities and events run by Collabor8 at The Nottingham Contempoary. eye contact – Don’t apologise […]

Cob Oven building

I have just had the pleasure of supporting Hazel Oak School and their KS3 students build their own Cob Oven over a term. They learned how to lay a foundation, create a brick base and to build with Cob.  They then enjoyed creating a pizza business for a school festival and ran a pizza takeaway […]

Periscope Tunnel

The Parents group at Ogley Hay Nursery School managed to finish their ‘Periscope Tunnel’ in time for an open day celebration.  It has really helped break up the tarmac and create more opportunities for den building, role play and outdoor learning. The parents designed the space to have a new seated area for the children, […]

Tree Spirits found at Lakeside

As part of the Wheee!! Children’s Theatre and Dance Festival,  I spent the weekend working with families under the trees at the Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham.  Working with clay under dappled light, everyone captured tree spirits, both frightening and funny. Whether they were gargoyles, ghosts, animals or imaginative characters, they all created a magical […]

Breaking Ground

After a month of designing and planning the Parents group at Ogley Hay Nursery School, started to clear a new part of the outdoor learning space, and build the new Periscope Tunnel and garden for their children. Everyone was given the opportunity to help and learn new skills.

Parents build a Storytelling Throne

Continuing the ‘Great Outdoors Project’ at Ogley Hay Nursery School a small group of parents braved the freezing weather to design and build a Story Telling Throne.  Made with wood donated  by JB SANDS saw mill, the parents quickly saw the potential to enable the staff to have a designated outdoor reading area. We just […]

Ley Lines

I have just finished a wonderful day at Lakeside Arts Centre working with families exploring the artwork of Michelle Stuart.  The families explored mark making as a way of creating stories and finding ways to link special places with our own ‘Ley Lines’. The families also collaborated to create a special interconnected piece outside in […]

Parents build sand pit

Continuing the wonderful collaboration with Parents at Ogley Hay Nursery School is always a pleasure. The teachers and governors have given us the outdoor environment to design and create new teaching resources, that enable more learning opportunities for the children. The parents have worked with me to design the various spaces, resource materials and learn […]