Category Archives: Schools and the Outdoors

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 […]

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 […]

A Shelter for a Forest school to grow

I have just finished making and building a new Shelter for St Peters Juniors School.  It will form the foundation of their new forest School. The canopy is strapped between the trees and anchored down to the ground and will be left up all year round.  There are no excuses if it is raining now. […]

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, […]

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.

Nest Building

I recently had a great day working with a class at Fernwood Infant School exploring British birds.  We listened to their songs, drew them in the playground and created bird sculptures out of clay, fleece, wire and hazel.  We finished the day off by creating a giant nest for some eggs and of course a […]

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 […]

Green Roof Construction

I have just finished building a green roof on top of an outdoor classroom at Iona School, Nottingham. Working with other parents we clad the roof with plywood and EPDM liner, ready for gravel and the clumps of earth from around the site. Hopefully the wildlife and plants will thrive, creating a wonderful spirit for […]