Cowgate Under 5’s Centre
In this inner city pre-school setting in Edinburgh, the work of Friedrich Froebel underpins all practice. Froebel advocated outdoor play provision as essential for children’s learning and development. He also believed that children learn best through spontaneous child-centred play, and that they should be surrounded by kindness, understanding and beauty.
Creative Star Learning
Website and blog of the Creative Star Learning company which comprises a lively team of experienced educators who can provide support, training, advice and resources about outdoor learning. Blog spot regularly includes some thought provoking contributions.
Mindstretchers is a website of a dynamic company of people dedicated to providing children with exciting and challenging outdoor learning experiences. Mindstretchers run two nature kindergartens and offer a wide variety of training, consultancy and educational resources.
Website of a North American non profit organisiation which aims to reconnect people with nature, culture and places. The Orion Society has some excellent publications plus regular features on outdoor learning in Orion Magazine.
‘Outdoor Journeys’ is a programme developed by the University of Edinburgh that enables pupils to learn about the people and places in their own environment by undertaking local journeys.
Capture your place in words, pictures and music. PlaceBook Scotland will become an important record about how we see and perceive our places today. In the future you will be able to search the site to see what others have contributed about their place, and learn more about Scotland’s diverse and distinct landscapes. There are plans to create an archive of these contributions and exhibit them throughout Scotland during the Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations.
Gardening Scotland Resources
Here are some great links for more information on gardening in the climate of Scotland, including how to get children into gardening.
http://www.trellisscotland.org.uk/files/briefings/Planning Year Round Garden Activities Ideas and Resources.doc
Website for Tim Gill, author of several books on childhood, including: No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society (2007. Tim believes children have the potential to be more resilient, capable, creative and able to learn than we give them credit for.
Official website of Richard Louv, author of ‘Last Child in the Woods’ and co-founder of the Children and Nature Network.
RSA Lecture Tim Gill “Risk and Childhood”
In his RSA lecture, Tim Gill argues that we are over-protecting our children, stifling their childhood experiences because of our risk-averse attitude to growing up.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is a nursery where children stay outside in all weathers. It has won prestigious prizes for outstanding practice and was praised by Children’s Minister, Adam Ingram, who visited the nursery on 26 November 2008.
Woodland Trust at Lang Craigs
The Woodland Trust is providing opportunities for thousands of schoolchildren from Dumbarton, Glasgow, Clydebank and beyond to plant trees and have a hand in creating a new wood for future generations to enjoy.
The children also get to take part in fun educational activities to help them connect with the natural world.
To help teachers bring the classroom outdoors the Woodland Trust Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland have produced a free curriculum-linked outdoor learning pack for primary school teachers, which contains advice, ideas and activities.
Woodland Trust Outdoor Learning Pack
The type of outdoor learning described inthis pack is something quite different from
‘outdoor pursuits’. It is not rock-climbing or kayaking. It is about taking yournormal
everyday curriculumand teaching it outside. The outdoor areas youuse could be very close
to the school andwithinwalking distance – itmight be the school grounds, a local park or a
nearby patch ofwoodland. So, no long bus journey,no cost and no high-risk activity!