Creative Children, Imaginative Teaching

By Florence Beetlestone | Go to book overview

6
'Life, the universe, and
3C's sunflowers'
Creativity and nature

Cameo I

Anna's class of 9-year-olds are hard at work outside in the
school garden. The ground has been levelled, dug over and the
bare earth divided into small squares, either with string or low
strips of wood. Anna is helping a group of children to firm
down the soil in one of these squares after they have planted
some carrot seeds — the marks of the children's footprints can
clearly be seen in neat rows. Five children are at the back of
the area near to the hen house, the compost heap and the
tool shed, working with full-sized rakes to clear the ground
ready for sowing. Some children dig, again with full-sized
spades; others are trowelling, hoeing, watering, collecting up
stones or marking out their patches with small pieces of white
paper stuck on to sticks and pushed into the soil. It is April
and not yet very warm; a shower is imminent. The children's
concentration is total. No matter what the weather the chick-
ens have to be fed and the plot tended. April is an important
month in the garden.


Cameo 2

Class 3C (8-year-olds) have been looking at 'Growth' as their
termly theme. One corner of their classroom has a large
model oak tree stretching its branches toward the ceiling and
curving along the walls. It is large enough to have a child-sized
opening and has room for a child to sit inside. Holes else-
where in the branches house 'nests' for animals and birds. In
another corner small pots of petunias are in full flower. A

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