Nature Inspired Books & Research

Educating Outside by Helen Porter

Published by Alix Marschani on 20th January 2020 at 12:33 pm | No Comments

This book comes highly recommended by practitioners and lecturers in education. In this blog the author Helen Porter describes part of her journey as a primary teacher with an interest in developing outdoor learning using the UK national curriculum. If you use this book in your practice please leave a comment for our readers. Helen […]

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Child health, wellbeing and education: research article

Published by Alix Marschani on 12th January 2020 at 11:29 am | No Comments

Marchant E, Todd C, Cooksey R, Dredge S, Jones H, Reynolds D, et al. (2019) Curriculum-based outdoor learning for children aged 9-11: A qualitative analysis of pupils’ and teachers’ views. Abstract: ‘The relationship between child health, wellbeing and education demonstrates that healthier and happier children achieve higher educational attainment. An engaging curriculum that facilitates children […]

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Research article: Outdoor education and mental health

Published by Alix Marschani on 30th December 2019 at 11:34 am | No Comments

Effects of an outdoor education intervention on the mental health of schoolchildren Article  in  Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning · March 2012.  Authors: Per E. Gustafsson, Anders Szczepanski, Nina Nelson, & Per A. Gustafsson. This research article was useful in my own reflection of the past term’s outdoor learning with upper primary children at my […]

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How to save the world for free by Natalie Fee

Published by Alix Marschani on 29th December 2019 at 1:27 pm | No Comments

  Books like this are meant to empower you the reader into action. Instead of mindlessly clicking on a tab to buy yet more stuff – stop and think about what you are doing and ask yourself ‘do I really need it that much?’ The human and environmental cost of purchasing and returning items are […]

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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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