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Leave the text books inside for Empty Classroom Day
Let’s hope that the sun will be shining for 'Empty Classroom Day' on Friday 17th June.
An annual celebration of learning outside, Empty Classroom Day is a chance to inspire schools to take to their playgrounds, fields and gardens and find creative ways to enjoy taking at least one class outdoors during the school day.
The aim of the campaign is that in every school in the world there will be an empty classroom and pupils will be leaving the text books inside and experimenting and learning in a whole range of subjects in the great outdoors. Sounds right up our street!
Learning outside the classroom can be fun, memorable and healthy and the outdoor classroom presents an array of opportunities for pupils to take part in both independent and collaborative experimental learning.
Some things just work better outdoors and music for young children is one of them
A great music program is one that uses your whole environment, indoors and outdoors. Musical instruments in your outdoor...
New Music Garden Honours Famed Children's Trio Sharon, Lois and Bram
Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison — two-thirds of the famed children’s trio Sharon, Lois and Bram known for songs like 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo', 'One Elephant Went Out to Play' and, of course, 'Skinnamarink' — treated kids and adults alike to a sing-a-long in June Rowlands Park, Toronto earlier this month to celebrate the opening of a music garden created in their honour. It's fitting that the trio, who won three Juno Awards, sold millions of CDs in North America and performed at the White House, have been honoured in this way – through music. Their friend and fellow member, Lois Lilienstein, sadly died of cancer in April 2015.
The Sharon, Lois and Bram Playground inside June Rowlands Park has a variety of areas and activities named after their favourite songs. The 'Itsy Bitsy Spider Music Garden' complete with outdoor musical instruments and climbable elephant sculpture also features a small theatre-of-the-round where kids can go up and sing and perform.
For this music garden,...
Celebrating The Music - 'Shakespeare 400'
“Shakespeare 400” is a year-long, worldwide celebration of the life of William Shakespeare and marking the 400th anniversary of his death in 1616. Music is central to the work of Shakespeare. The majority of his plays could be divided into one of three categories - comedy, tragedy and history with each genre requiring different emotions to be reflected in the music, to set the mood and add to the entertainment of the performance. Instrumental music, performed at the Globe by professional musicians, was an integral part of the drama of Shakespeare's plays: music evoked sleep, magic, madness, love, death, the passing of time. Music is capable of indicating to an audience a change of tone within the drama and Shakespeare realised this more than any other dramatist of his day.
Music generally played an important role in the lives of the people who lived during the Elizabethan era and it was the major form of entertainment. The popularity of stringed and keyboard instruments grew tremendously...
Mindfulness, Music and the Great Outdoors
Have you ever arrived at work and realised that you don't remember anything about the journey there? Have you ever been talking with someone and realised that you haven’t heard a word they’ve said? Or eaten a meal and not really tasted it? If you have (and I’m pretty sure we all have) then you’ll know what it is to be ‘unmindful’. In our modern world it’s very easy to become ‘unmindful’ (distracted, unaware, inattentive, disengaged) where the mind becomes disconnected from what is happening, going into automatic pilot.
An increasing number of individuals, as well as schools, universities, prisons, sport teams and professional organsiations, are recognising the benefits of a practice called ‘mindfulness’. At its most basic, "mindfulness" is an awareness of yourself and your surroundings. It’s noticing your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and anything around you. Science is increasingly endorsing mindfulness. It's been shown as an effective treatment of stress,...
Are There Enough Playgrounds in the UK?
There are more than 16,000 playgrounds provided by district councils in England, but are there enough to serve the 11 million children aged under 15 nationwide? Well, those figures equate to around 690 children to each playground, so there’s clearly a problem here. What are the consequences of a society that doesn’t invest in play?
This report uses data from the England and Wales 2011 Census, Fair Play for Children’s survey of 326 local authorities and gov.uk.
Parish councils and privately or community-funded playgrounds are not included.
How Do Things Play out in Your Local Area? Search for your nearest parks with gov.uk – how many can you find in your area? We thought we’d try a little experiment. We checked our local area, managed by East Hampshire District Council.
East Hampshire District Council provides a grand total of 16 play areas in the region to serve (as of the 2011 census) over 20,000 children under 15 years old. That’s 1,250 children...