Extract taken from Foreword by Professor Bill Lucas
This book is expansive in its conception of education of the desired outcomes of a child’s school days. It is a serious corrective to a risk-adverse world, carefully explaining why it possible to do potentially dangerous things in a character, values and skill-forming way. It takes learning out of the classroom into the real world where it belongs without compromising the necessary disciplinary progress that students need to make – West Rise is an outstanding school for both Ofsted and for someone with my values. It reconnects children to the natural world when too many of them have lost any link with the seed to seed cycle, with care for creatures and with the awe that landscapes like this can inspire. It is an awesome laboratory for the development of character and capability.
Above all Playing with Fire is, for me, about trust. Trust children to set up and run an art studio. Trust parents that they will let you take risks. Trust teachers to let go. Trust us all that we need help from those who understand animals and wetlands and archaeology if we are to be real lifelong learners. Trust your luck that when the water buffalo get out, the village will understand. Trust that there are great Ofsted inspectors who see through the ordinary. Trust that not all health and safety people are the problem. And trust that, fortified by this book, you can play with fire in your own backyard.
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Learning with Nature is full of fun activities and games to get your children outdoors, to explore, have fun, make things and learn about nature and help them grow up happy and healthy. This book is a unique must-have resource for families, schools, youth groups and anyone working with children.
“This book offers a chance to the youth of today and the nature of tomorrow.
It has a wealth of structured, tried and tested projects, ideas and games all designed to allow children to breathe fresh air and engage personally with a real world where their minds and bodies can develop and bloom, burst into life and inspire them to love life.” Chris Packham
Available now from www.circleofliferediscovery.com
South Downs National Park
This game enables students to discover some of the key facts and figures about the South Downs while running off energy at the same time. There are a few different versions of the game. The basic premise is to hide the cards in an outdoor location, then set the group to look for them and complete their answer sheet.
Everything you need is here in this pdf or you can find it on the South Downs National Park Learning Zone page
A case study showing how Moulescoomb Primary links their school grounds to the heritage and culture of their local area.
The Science Leaders Innovation Cluster in Stockport provide insight into enriching the primary science curriculum. Read 3 case studies of the impact of outdoors, responsive assessment and developing personal capabilities on children’s learning in science.
How can we encourage the development of scientific enquiry skills in primary schools?
Stockport CS All Saints.pdf
If we focus on improving personal skills in science lessons, will it improve learning outcome?
Stockport CS Orrishmore & Bradshaw.pdf
What does a responsive, child-focused planning and assessment framework for Primary Science look like?
Stockport Great Moor Infants School.pdf