A beautiful full-colour book by Forest School expert and teacher Sara Knight that inspires and encourages individuals of all ages to take an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning. The images throughout the book bring alive Forest School activities and each chapter is accompanied by creative ideas for practice and in depth case studies from across the United Kingdom and Ireland exploring the amazing variety of nature provision. Coverage includes: • Rural and urban day nurseries for very young children • State and independent provision for Early Years and Primary Schools • Secondary School intervention strategies for students with special education needs and disabilities • How to support parents and families with Forest School • Supporting people with mental health issues. Suggestions for further reading at the end of chapters will be a helpful guide for students to read around the topic. Whether you’re training to become a teacher, or already working in the outdoor classroom, this book demonstrates how Forest School approaches are enriching learning opportunities for children, young people and adults, and deepening their connections with the natural world, with spectacular results.
Chapter 8: State Schools Compared
In England, education relating to sustainability and climate change was removed from the state curriculum for the under-14s in the 2013 amendments. However, sustainability and environmental issues are still at the heart of most school mission statements. Curiously, it is possible to be part of the Sustainable Schools Alliance (http://se-ed.co.uk/edu/sustainable-schools/sustainable-schools-alliance/) or to be registered as an Eco-school (www.eco-schools.org.uk/) without going outdoors at all. Conversely, it is possible to be neither of the above, and have pupils who learn outside and who are committed to caring about their environment. This invites questions about how people in general and young children in particular learn, learn about the environment, and learn to care about the environment. This chapter will begin to review ...