Learning outside the classroom is a key part of early years and primary practice and is on the rise in settings across the world. This book centres on outstanding outdoor practice and how children can learn and develop in natural environments. Focussing on children aged from 2-11 this book contains: * A self-evaluation toolkit for educators to reflect on what they're doing now and where to develop to be more effective. * Examples of practice from around the world and in various environments, including urban settings. * An entire chapter on assessment and planning to help ensure and demonstrate quality of provision. Looking at all the possibilities and approaches, there are models for practice to suit every setting so that everyone can make outdoor learning part of the core teaching and learning objectives.
Claire Warden is one of the world's leading consultants and writers on the use of consultative methods in education. She works internationally to inspire and motivate people to develop and believe in their own practice, and that forms the foundation of her approach to self evaluation. The centre of excellence she has set up in the UK is renowned for its nature kindergarten and the consultative Floorbooks used there. Her own learning pathway as a teacher, included working in a wide variety of settings (2-18 years), mentoring and advisory work, lecturing at Strathclyde University, authoring over 11 books and designing resources and landscapes. Claire founded the charitable company Living Classrooms Ltd to work with marginalised groups and within settings to develop the capacity of communities through connecting to nature. Claire is an international committee member of the World Forum Foundation and is one of a leadership group of consultants who make up its Nature Action Collaborative for Children working group. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Ballarat University, Australia and is currently engaged in her PhD exploring 'Ways of Knowing'. She works around the world with universities and colleges, governments and educators as an advocate for the rights of all children to high quality, engaging education inside, outside and beyond.
Introduction Chapter 1: Self-Evaluation of Practice Chapter 2: Characteristics of Outdoor Learning Chapter 3: Learning with Nature Chapter 4: Sharing Values with Parents Chapter 5: Observation, Planning and Assessment Chapter 6: Embedding Practice References
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