Exploring Outdoors Ages 3-11 is an essential guide on how to encourage children's learning and support their development through year-round outdoor exploration. It follows one primary school through an entire academic year, capturing the challenges, discoveries and joys of children and adults co-exploring outdoors together.
This unique book covers all aspects of outdoor practice from setting up and maintaining an outdoor site to the boundaries, support and effective communication that will help to create a safe and happy environment. It traces each term of the year and focuses on the importance of role play and imaginative learning, planning activities for all weather conditions and how the National Curriculum can be applied to outdoor exploring. Features include:
Step-by-step guides on how to set up an outdoor site
Advice on how to observe and record children's learning and development outdoors
Real-life case studies of children exploring outdoors from EYFS through to the end of Key Stage 2
Over 100 full photographs to illustrate how outdoor exploring can encourage children's learning and development
Practical tips and ideas for outdoor activities throughout the year
An eResource with useful checklists, templates and pro-forma available to download
Exploring Outdoors Ages 3-11 is essential reading for all those passionate about working outside who want to build confidence and develop their ability to co-explore with children.
Helen Bilton PhD is Associate Professor in Education at the University of Reading, UK, and a National Teaching Fellow. Anne Crook PhD is the Educational Development Consultant (Sciences) at Oxford University, UK, and a National Teaching Fellow.
Introduction Section 1 1. Outdoor exploration starts with the adults 2. Supporting and observing children's outdoor explorations 3. Setting up your site Section 2 4. Autumn - Winter Term (September - December) 5. Winter - Spring Term (January - April) 6. Spring - Summer Term (April - July) Section 3 Bibliography Forms, templates and checklists Useful kit and contacts Index