Invitations to Play

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March 11, 2020

Hello, and welcome to the third in my Advocates of Play series. A series of blog interviews with play promoters around the world...

Introducing Jenna, of Brambles and Buttercups...

Please introduce yourself, and your family.

Hi there. I am Jenna and  I was a primary schoo...

February 26, 2020

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.

Play is really the work of childhood".

Fred Rogers

Hello, and welcome to my new blog series: Advocates of Play. This idea has been in the pipeline for we...

February 19, 2020

'The sun is nervous

As a kite

That can't quite keep

Its own string tight.

Some days are fair,

And some are raw.

The timid earth

Decides to thaw.

Shy budlets peep

From twigs on trees,

And robins join

The chickadees.

Pale crocuses

Poke through the ground

Like noses come

To sniff around...

August 29, 2019

We are starting our new school year with a Harry Potter topic, using a ready made curriculum called 'Waldock's Wizards and Wands', written by Jessica from The Waldock Way. Bean has already received her acceptance letter in the post, and term will be starting on Monday...

August 20, 2019

What does extracurricular mean?

Simply put, extracurricular is all the activities that take place outside of a regular academic curriculum. These are often the subjects that are not considered to be as important, but that are often the ones that fill a child's heart wit...

August 8, 2019


History is not a subject that I particularly enjoyed during my own schooling. I honestly don't remember learning anything about history at all at primary school, and at secondary school our teacher was literally a walking corpse who didn't inspire any interest i...

July 30, 2019

Science is fun!

Science is not a subject that is prioritised in the mainstream primary classroom. With half of the school week taken up with literacy and numeracy lessons, it leaves just the afternoon sessions to cram in the rest of the national curriculum subjects. It'...

July 23, 2019

Enjoyment Matters

Math is a subject that I have always found intimidating. Well, actually, I don't remember having any negative associations with math at primary school, but my secondary school experience certainly made up for that. I found the secondary school math con...

July 16, 2019

It's July, and summer is in full swing. Without wanting to wish a single minute of this beautiful season away, my mind can't help but start to think ahead to the new school year.

I'm a planner. I love planning, and although we home educate all year around, a fresh start...

May 3, 2019

An introduction to the magical world of loose parts play.

Do you feel overwhelmed by choice when it comes to children’s toys? Many of us do, and we often over compensate for our indecision by offering our children too many. But what effect does this have on our children...

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