Wool and Stick Initials

Wool and Stick Initials

These beautiful, rustic creations were undertaken as a First Week of School activity. Students were asked to construct their first name initial out of sticks from the playground and then wrap them with colours and patterns of their choice.

Such a straight-forward sounding activity in fact evolved into a lesson in problem solving, patience, perseverance, collaboration, cooperation and knot tying. Upon completion of my 1000th knot for the day, I felt I had got to know my new students quite well – those who could cope with challenge and those who needed more guidance; the perfectionists and the more abstract thinkers; those who could tie a knot and those who could not…

The end products were well worth the effort!


Autumn Colour Matching

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Students were asked to find an inspiring natural object from the playground. They then experimented with mixing paints to create an exact colour match. They recorded the original colours used, along with a swatch of their new colour. These new colour inventions were then given unique names (‘Dragon’s Eye’ and ‘Hardcore Rock’ were my personal favourites). The perfect activity for the changing colours of Autumn and it also connected beautifully to our learning around colours as adjectives.



The highlight of our life cycles science unit was our mini tadpole pond. Fresh lettuce was brought in each day to keep them well fed (or begged from the canteen when we forgot). We kept them for close observation until they looked ready to escape. At this point we returned them to the very pond from which they were taken.