The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers. This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year.

You as a Landscape Architect

You as a landscape architect
Gillian Sykes

In this chapter we will begin to consider:

  • what we mean by a Reception teacher's likeness to a ‘landscape architect’;
  • how personal influences shape what we do in the outdoors;
  • the historical and cultural context of outdoor learning and how this may influence our practice;
  • current and contemporary ideas for the outdoors;
  • the benefits of the outdoors to young children's holistic development;
  • how these aspects then help us to design rich outdoor environments.


Why you might ask have we used the heading ‘You as a landscape architect’? Well, if we look at the role description of a landscape architect we can begin to see many parallels to that of a Reception teacher. Landscape architects are described as ...

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