This photo was taken by a child because I let them show me what the world looked like from their own point of view. I learnt that the world is experienced as an immediate sensory moment because ‘I’m thinking from my feet!’
Creating interesting learning can only happen, in my experience, if you as a teacher do interesting things! This blog is here to encourage you to be inspired and informed about how nature can be worked into the curriculum. It will be filled with news, ideas, events, and resources to help you. You may want a way to communicate what you do outdoors as an individual, parent, or someone engaged professionally to care and teach children or adults. Your own experiences, including any examples of outdoor practice, are invited to be shared in the comments section, or you may wish to report in detail as a guest blogger. This blog is specifically created to help educators bring nature into the everyday experience of learners.
I am not claiming to be an expert, rather, I am drawing upon my professional practice as state qualified teacher of many years. My career has focused upon early years and primary, starting in inner city London, eventually moving outwards to the home counties. Forest school projects, outdoor school, and bringing aspects of this innovatively into the national curriculum has been my passion. I know first-hand how nature enthuses children and adults alike. When asked ‘so how do you know so much?’ I have to reply ‘I just look closely and want to respectfully play and learn with it!’
Making a connection with nature is an experience open to all. You do not need to be an expert to enjoy the outdoors, just read on, contribute, and enjoy.