Learning with fun in a Creative Classroom allows all pupils to be themselves, take necessary risks to achieve and embrace the culture of learning in a fun and practical way. In this blog post, I hope to share some simple ideas on how you can make this possible.
With the autumn season in full swing and the inevitable changes in its weather patterns, it is still important for us to feel positive and make the most of the many fun outdoor activities we can still enjoy outdoors. Here are 5 great outdoor activities you can enjoy this autumn.
Outdoor activities and increased learning opportunities can have a significant impact on our lives. As a teacher, I know how important this is and within this new blog post, I hope to highlight the significance of these potential benefits. Read on to see if you agree.
Over the summer holidays, and with valuable time on my hands. It was good to get outside and find the opportunity to explore some more locations in the Netherlands I don't necessarily have the chance to visit all that often. Read on and find out more about what the east has to offer.
Review of our latest Glamping in France. We chose to camp at the Huttopia Campgrounds on the picturesque island of Noirmoutier. This is a comprehensive review of the campsite and what it has to offer all visitors.
Over the last few months, I have been testing out another one of Quad Locks great sports products. This time I have been using the Sports Armband out on my regular runs. Read this review and see what I thought of it.
After reading all about the impressive work of Lizzie Carr and her Plastic Patrol initiative. We decided to take some of her great ideas and further develop them with our own, in order to create some amazing new designs for her trusty Stand Up Paddle Board and then write up our amazing work within a series of detailed newspaper reports.
I had devised some very handy tips and practical advice, on how to improve your morning cycle commute. I am a cyclist and daily cycle commuter. Read more and find out how you can make the morning commute the best it can be.
As a teacher and outdoor enthusiast, I am continually looking for new ways to support and improve learning. This post highlights 3 great resources that can be used in the classroom and in the Great Outdoors, to help support and further develop personal development, as well as key learning skills.
As part of our school STEM week and a strong focus on recycling and reusing plastic. My class decided to make some plastic bird feeders out of recycled plastic bottles. Read our step by step guide to see what we did.
The SmartHalo cycle navigation system is the coolest cycle product you can buy for your bike. As a daily cycle commuter see what I thought of this really cool product from the innovative designers at SmartHalo.
An exciting Stone Age-inspired craft activity, that is ideal for all Key Stage 2 aged children, which can easily support any Stone Age Topic. It is a practical activity, and it can easily be implemented in the classroom or at home.
Why you should go for walks after work is a motivational piece of writing that encourages everyone to get out after work and go for a walk. It doesn’t really matter where you walk, or indeed for how far, by utilising what you have all around you and embracing the fresh air will definitely bring untold benefits to your overall health and well-being. Read on to find out more.
Here is a list of some of my 5 favourite outdoor clothing brands to help you get started and kitted out for the Great Outdoors. I start with The North Face, probably the best known outdoor clothing brand out there, then move on to the likes of Fjallraven, Haglofs, Montane and Rab Equipment. Where I hope to give my honest opinion of what these popular brands might offer.
Here is my latest review of the Quad Lock Smartphone Adaptor. This is a fantastic piece of kit and it has certainly now become an integral part of my outdoor kit bag. I have reviewed this product while using it regularly on my trips outdoors and it is easy to use and allows me to take some great photos on my Smartphone.
People of the Outdoors is my latest series whereby I acknowledge those individuals who are inspired and motivated to spend their lives in the Great Outdoors. This series forms a selection of personal interviews and imagery taken from these dedicated individuals. This second interview is by Outdoor Enthusiast Mathias Wielinga, who enjoys hiking and exploring the wild outdoors.
People of the Outdoors is my latest series whereby I acknowledge those individuals who are inspired and motivated to spend their lives in the Great Outdoors. This series forms a selection of personal interviews and imagery taken from these dedicated individuals.
The first interview is by intrepid Outdoor Enthusiast Rory Southworth, who enjoys utilisng the wild outdoors, at any given opportunity.
A Camping trip is meant to be fun. However, when you are dealing with the elements of nature, one mistake can turn the whole experience sour. When it comes to the outdoors, it pays to be prepared. This article talks about the complete checklist of things one must keep in mind before they venture out into the wild.
50 Bucket list ideas to do in the Great Outdoors is a comprehensive list of fun activities that any child or adult can enjoy in their own free time. I hope these 50 ideas help to serve as inspiration and motivation and indeed help others get outside, enjoy the natural world around them, without spending large amounts of money on unnecessary extras.
It is time for me to GO GREEN in 2019. To cut back on all the unnecessary bad stuff and do more to help shape a positive future. Find out all about Going Green in 2019 in my latest Blog Post and why I think it is something we all should start to do in the year ahead. Together let us make a difference to the world we live in and begin to follow a more sustainable approach to life in general.
During my own childhood and Primary Schooling, back in the 1980’s. I have very clear and distinct memories of how cool my school was. With my local Primary School being a diverse and exciting place, where I was not only lucky enough to be inspired by the world around me, but also by the bold and inspirational individuals who led us along this beautiful learning journey. One thing was clear, I really enjoyed learning from the Great Outdoors.
Find out more about the Surprising Benefits of Outdoor Learning in my new blog post.
With 2018 drawing to a close and a New Year around the corner. This blog post focuses on all that have supported me during a pretty successful 2018 and how I can encourage others to step up, get out and do something new in the year ahead.
My thoughts and response to the proposals set out by Education Minister Damian Hinds and his encouraging words about children utilising the outdoors as a creative learning tool. To learn in the outdoors and to incorporate good practice back in the classroom.
Nowadays, it seems like more bicycles are out on the roads rather than simply ageing or gathering dust in the garage or shed. This increase probably has something to do with increased awareness over the worries of climate change, or it is simply due to the fact we all seem on a fitness drive (of sorts) and are continually looking to keep in shape and lead a more healthy and positive lifestyle.
WOW Park: A great day out for all would-be adventurers. I recently had the chance to spend the day adventuring in the Danish Woodlands, at an amazing outdoor adventure playground. It was an exhilarating experience, climbing and swinging in the treetops. Rediscovering your childhood, as nature intended.
Read what I thought of this pretty impressive place, in my latest Blog Post.
'Do more of what makes you happy’ is a frequently used saying. It is also a saying that is often misused or perhaps overlooked. Feeling happy or finding happiness in life is something we all seek. How we get there or how long it takes, is always a question the individual has to answer themselves.
A practical view on how we can utilise what is all around us in order to bring some extra positive thinking and overall happiness into our lives.
It is fair to suggest, that at some point in our lives we've all heard and possibly used the phrase 'I can't do it!' and as a result of adopting such an approach, it can often lead us into following a negative mindset and the distinct possibility of merely giving up before we have even really started.
Read all about my latest thoughts and why adopting a Growth Mindset with the outdoors, will bring overall positivity to your life and others around you.