Archive for September 26th, 2007
What a lucky man I am! I have had another thoroughly enchanting day, this time at Lanivet Primary school, Cornwall.
Some superb work and some full on laughter.
In our lesson with years 1 and 2, I took them back to the spiral staircase plant I had visited yesterday at Nanstallon.
We explored: links with traditional stories (Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk) other stories (The Owl Babies) their own experiences (helter skelters, water slides, and the whole feeling of sliding) spirals, birds nests, the feeding resposnse to a baby birds calls, feelings (lonely, afraid, hungry, frightened, relieved) feathers, colours, eggs…
With a more time and space, we could have extended into P.E. and forming spirals, art and so much more.
The other children, across the whole school, also showed some truly inventive thought in response to the locations we explored.
Here, for example, is a picture from Jessica (aged 8. ) and some excellent writing from Dorothy (aged 10) The striking thing about both of these pieces is that they were done, straight off, “first draft” as it were, and at great speed.
Standing here, I see a huge barren wasteland of dry rocks stretching out beyond the horizon. A coal black bird swoops and glides about, looking for it’s prey. I can feel a light breeze calmingly touching my cheeks. The sharp, rough stone formations are covered in a thick layer of orange dust.
There is no moisture in sight. The sun is scorching the back of my red neck. The only water in this parched area of rocks is kept secret in the misty clouds above.
A turquoise sea, that is the far away sky, gives some colour to this strange craggy world.
Behind me, I find a coloured glass overhead shade. The space is crammed with huge, bright green trees and tropical bushes. A beautiful, marbled stone bench sits patiently in the corner of this astonishingly luscious orchard. Exotic plants hang in wooden painted baskets above. A turquoise, shimmering crystal door, the colour of the bluest seas, lies at the end of this magical garden, patterned with coffee coloured flowers, entwined together to make an amazing leafy chain.
What lies behind we will never know.
(Thanks Dorothy for typing that mid lesson as well! Your imagery is powerful and evocative)
Thanks to Mike Jelbert, his colleagues and pupils at Lanivert for a superb day.
I would like to thank the folk of the whole Wheal Prosper group for a great few days.
I often say, I am meant to be travelling around and doing a bit of inspiring…
…in truth I am learning so much.