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The

Unseen

Classroom

Friday April 5th 2019     9:00 – 4:30pm

 

 

 

You are warmly invited to explore the invisible role children’s feelings play in their learning and to spend the day crafting with 100% natural materials to create your own feelings mat to take away with you.  

The day has been born from the fantastic success of our classroom feelings mat. It has provided a context for children to visually, physically and verbally develop their emotional literacy. It has actually changed the culture of our room in so much as children now more often than not can manage their own emotional needs and even support others. In a climate where mental health is at the forefront of everyone's consciousness, this feels to me like a strategy worth sharing. 

Underpinning this and inspiring the rest of the day is the belief I hold that stems from The Little Prince which states that

'the invisible things are essential'.

I am sure from your own practice you will know how true this is, and it is why the love, care and boundaries you set to provide children with a safe place to learn. For a long time, I accepted this at face value but over the years I began to question how the invisible and imperceptible changes in seasons, tone of voice, choice of words etc could impact on the well being and academic success of the children. The answer I have found is overwhelming YES. It is for this reason that I have invited our guests to talk and will also be sharing examples of practice on the day. 

While you craft hear from a renowned astrologer and storyteller John Wadsworth as he shares with us his experiences of how the legends of the stars can ignite imaginations, shape our understanding of ourselves and contextualise children’s place in the seasons.

 

 About John Wadsworth

We are so excited to welcome John who has been a practising astrologer and teacher for over 20 years now. He is at the forefront of his profession and has a unique and engaging perspective on the world around him. I have had the pleasure of working with John in the past and it is such a breath of fresh air to see the world around you unfold in a new and exciting way. I think that if we could take even a fraction of his connection and perceptiveness back to our classrooms the children's lives would be so much the richer for it. 

"I became a professional astrologer in 1992, following a profound experience of communion with the night sky, which opened my mind to the poetry of the cosmos and radically altered my worldview.  I consider myself to be a creative innovator in the field... and throughout all of my work, my aim has been to help awaken passion, purpose and creative inspiration. I consider these to be at the heart of what it is to live an empowered life and what it is to be truly alive.  I would say that my primary commitment as an astrologer is to help people re-align to their deepest truth and help them develop the confidence to live from that."

We will also be joined by talented musician and Dragonsfly front woman Maya Love who will share with us songs, sounds and music, which we can take back to our classrooms to create a better atmosphere for learning.

About Maya Love

Maya Love is a gifted musician and has committed to living a life and raising a family that is rooted in nature. Maya has been into our classroom on many occasions to work with the children and also runs a school singing club. Every time I have had the pleasure of working with her I have seen how her voice, her use of instruments and even her use of sounds have captivated the children. I always feel that spark of inspiration when I work with her and feel the urge to make notes and record things so I can replicate them in her absence. I even use lots of the songs and sounds I have learnt from Maya with my own children at home who adore them. I am so excited for you to meet her and see the commitment she has for improving the lives of children and adults through sound and the terrific way she grounds this wisdom in the passing of the seasons. 

Cost:  £100      (All materials & homemade lunch included)

Please be sure to let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you email to book and we will do our very best to meet them. 

To book a place, please contact:   office@baltonsborough.sch.uk

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. 

 

Ben