Nature Inspired Books & Research

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesy

Published by Alix Marschani on 22nd November 2019 at 2:19 pm | No Comments

‘I think children ask questions we stop asking’, said Charles Mackesy about his new book for all ages, and it is these universal questions that the author and illustrator explores in this wonderful book. Each hand illustrated page is filled with recognisable universal truths spoken through his selected characters. A joy it is to turn […]

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Benefits of a nature nurture hour

Published by Alix Marschani on 10th November 2019 at 8:17 am | No Comments

The Wildlife Trusts commissioned UCL to evaluate the possible effects of nature activities upon 450 children aged between 8 – 9 years old. It will come as no surprise to read that the findings were positive. Here is a summary: 90% of children felt they learned something new about the natural world 79% felt that […]

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Escaping to nature to learn: research article

Published by Alix Marschani on 21st October 2019 at 7:37 am | 1 Comment

Zeivots, S. (2019). Escaping to nature to learn: emotional highs in adult learners. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education. 1-18. The message of this research study is in the title – ‘escaping’. I quote from the abstract: ‘Nature was seen by participants as a learning environment where temporary escape from one’s customary life is possible. […]

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Guided play with curriculum outcomes

Published by Alix Marschani on 14th October 2019 at 11:27 am | No Comments

The Journal Early Years has just published a research article on guided play and learning in the Early Years. It describes an approach to guided-play that involves both adult and child participation. Whilst the study was carried out in South Africa and Canada respectively, it contains useful insights for practice in the UK. To set […]

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Udeskole or Outdoor School

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th October 2019 at 1:18 pm | No Comments

What does Udeskole mean? It is a general term that refers to curriculum based teaching outdoors or in a natural environment on a regular basis. It promotes a pupils activity level, well-being and academic learning. It is what I would understand by the term Outdoor School. Researchers from Denmark are interested to understand how Udeskole […]

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Outdoor Classroom Day

Published by Alix Marschani on 22nd September 2019 at 10:16 am | No Comments

The Outdoor Classroom Day is held on Thursday 7th November 2019 and it is a global event. https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/ Please click link if you want to sign up. And presenting the evidence for outdoor learning and play is their downloadable Muddy Hands Report: https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/2018/11/01/muddy-hands-report-released-on-outdoor-classroom-day/ Go out and make learning memorable!

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