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Noticing and Sharing with Downton Preschool

by James on November 20th, 2015

3 children walking and collectingI ran my first workshop for about 16 months yesterday, after returning to work last month from adoption/paternity leave.

I spent some time walking with children, staff and parents from Downton Community Preschool, exploring the local area and inviting the children to show us what they had noticed.

We looked at the colours and shapes of leaves, at the creatures tucked away inside hollow Cow Parsley stems, and discussed who lived in the houses that we passed.

our walk

looking under the hedge

collecting basket

Back at the preschool I created two areas with the staff, one laid with long rolls of paper to echo the track that we had followed, with various natural objects and mark-making resources, the other with tables, chairs, clay on boards, and all the finds that the children had selected to bring back.

walking along a paper track

combining finds with clay

My camera seems to be slowly dying at the moment so I don’t have as many photos as usual, but it was a lovely session and a privilege to share in the children’s creative investigations of their home patch, their bodies and imaginations.

clay pieces

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