It’s official: muddy kids learn best

It’s official: muddy kids learn best

For two weeks now, the media has descended on the nursery – Dandelion Education – attended by two of my children, as it was judged the country’s best nursery at the 2017 Nursery World awards.This might have remained an obscure industry prize were it not for the fact that, unusually, Dandelion is an outdoor nursery and forest school.

FOREST SCHOOL TRAINING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

FOREST SCHOOL TRAINING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

From Spring 2018, The Hive will be offering accredited Forest School Training to practitioners looking for a thoroughly modern approach to Forest School. We will provide Levels 1 to 3 training, accredited through National Awarding Organisation CERTA, supplemented by six modules unique to The Hive. 

A big Thank You to Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe for welcoming us in their wonderful urban woodlands!

 

An exciting new creative collaboration for the Hive's Argyris Angeli

An exciting new creative collaboration for the Hive's Argyris Angeli

An exciting new creative collaboration for our very own Argyris Angeli...

ANOSIS: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY DANCE INSTALLATION BY GEORGIA TEGOU, IN COLLABORATION WITH GESAMTELIER
9th & 11th November 2017 at 7.30 pm
THE OLD TRUMAN BREWERY | JUJU'S BAR & STAGE
15 HANBURY STREET, LONDON E16QR, UK  

A ritual of personal transformation, ‘Anosis’ explores three emotional states relating to water; the concepts of sinking, floating and flying.

The audience dives into a visual environment, tracking the dancer’s transition across the three states and utilizing the ‘model of affect’ as a roadmap. The circumplex model used in neuroscience proposes that all affective states arise from two fundamental neurophysiological systems, one related to pleasure and displeasure and the other to arousal and deactivation.

SMART THINKING FOR KIDS

SMART THINKING FOR KIDS

It's back! UrbanExplorer Smart Thinking for Kids! The mini conference, designed for curious kids aged 8-13 with parents, grandparents, or any equally inquisitive adult takes place on Sunday 5th November at the Royal Geographical Society.

 

WHY KIDS NEED RISK, FEAR AND EXCITEMENT IN PLAY

WHY KIDS NEED RISK, FEAR AND EXCITEMENT IN PLAY

Risky play is thrilling and exciting play where children test their boundaries and flirt with uncertainty. They climb trees, build forts, roam the neighbourhood with friends or play capture the flag. Research shows such play is associated with increased physical activity, social skills, risk management skills, resilience and self-confidence. These findings make intuitive sense when you watch children at play.

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER

“A perfect antidote to the hyper-vigilant, extra-electrified, standardized-tested, house-arrested, 21st-century childhood.” —Richard Louv, bestselling author of Last Child in the Woods and Vitamin N

Bringing Up Bébé meets Last Child in the Woods in this lively, insightful memoir about a mother who sets out to discover if the nature-centric parenting philosophy of her native Scandinavia holds the key to healthier, happier lives for her American children.

USING VIRTUAL REALITY TO ENRICH LEARNING

USING VIRTUAL REALITY TO ENRICH LEARNING

Virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, haptic feedback; the line between these and many other technological realities is becoming blurred and they are beginning to be grouped under one umbrella term: artificial reality. But what is artificial reality and how can it be used effectively in the classroom?

HOW UK SCHOOLS ARE EMBRACING BEE KEEPING

HOW UK SCHOOLS ARE EMBRACING BEE KEEPING

We know that things are bad with bees right now. In the past decade, they have been disappearing at an alarming rate – a combination of pests, pesticides and the destruction of habitats has seen the UK population decrease by about a third over that period. In September, the US added seven types of bees to its list of endangered species for the first time. The consequences of losing them would be huge: Albert Einstein once said that humans “would not survive the honeybees’ disappearance for more than five years”.

OUTDOOR LEARNING BOOSTS WELLBEING

OUTDOOR LEARNING BOOSTS WELLBEING

Most adults will have treasured memories of splashing in muddy puddles and playing games in the local park. But today’s youngsters are leading far more enclosed lives. A recent study found that three-quarters of UK children spend less time outside than prison inmates.

This doesn’t just have a damaging impact on young people’s health – outdoor play increases fitness levels and raises levels of vitamin D, for example – there are also consequences for children’s educational development and wellbeing.

FEBRUARY HALF TERM: A HOLIDAY CAMP WITH LEONARDO DA VINCI!

FEBRUARY HALF TERM: A HOLIDAY CAMP WITH LEONARDO DA VINCI!

Join us in Greenwich this February half-term for a thrilling holiday workshop, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's exciting machines!

The Hive’s first flying mission! Inspired by Leonardo’s amazing machines, this week-long project is all about INVENTION. Your challenge: dream up, design and build a machine that can fly long enough for you to win Gold at our inaugural Air Show!