Playing with Fire – Mike Fairclough

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 through Landscapes: Basic Need

The Basic Need for School Places challenge is one that is currently affecting a large number of schools across England and has the potential to affect school across the UK. For those schools that already have restricted space, the practicalities of taking on more pupils becomes an even harder and more complex one.

At LTL we are particularly concerned that many schools will feel that the only option they have is to place additional permanent or temporary classroom buildings onto their school play grounds or playing fields. This solution, whilst alleviating the capacity issue, means that many children are left with little or no space in which to learn and play outdoors.

With the help of our patron and supporter Sir David Attenborough we are looking to help schools find innovative solutions without reducing the footprint of the school’s outside spaces.

We have created guidance and support documents to help all those affected by these issues.

 

Learning with Nature: A how-to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities

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.booksd
“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

Featured resource: Running Game – find the facts

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

Learning through Landscapes – Learning outside the classroom

From the South Downs National Park new resource toolbox – http://learning.southdowns.gov.uk/help/our-south-downs-conference
A case study showing how Moulescoomb Primary links their school grounds to the heritage and culture of their local area.

3 case studies to stimulate your own thinking and reflection about science learning in your school.

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