Outdoors at a Primary School

Woodside Primary School in the Midlands approached Anna about making some outdoor instruments in their extensive grounds. Joined by Matt Shaw they were commissioned to build some large-scale instruments and to lead a couple of sessions with children and teachers to demonstrate their use which included using resources themselves to build temporary structures.


annA and Matt also ran a session where some parents came and made drums with them, and they worked with the reception class teacher not only to develop the main outdoor instruments but to explore ideas for the outdoor area accessible to them which was in a different part of the school.



In the following year annA and Matt were invited back to extend the school’s outdoor learning provocations by designing and building a large structure incorporating sounds, water-exploration, textures and other sensory stimuli, and including the idea of space for role-play and story-telling around and within the structure.


This then became a project for TheVERYidea with Barbara and Louise leading some family and class sessions using the new outdoor structure, and helping staff develop indoor-outdoor resource kits.