Forest Schools & Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

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Author: Sara Knight

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446242810

Category: Education

Page: 144

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Learning outside the classroom is an essential part of early years education, and this book looks at the opportunities the Forest School experience can offer young children for learning outdoors, and how this fits into the early years curriculum. By offering clear guidance on what the Forest School approach can achieve, the book shows you how to incorporate good practice into all outdoor play activities. Issues examined include: - what is, and what isn't, a Forest School experience - how exercise, fresh air and learning outside help counter obesity - how Forest School can improve behaviour and social skills - accommodating different learning styles - examples of Forest School in practice This is an inspirational read for anyone working in early years education, and for all those who care about the future of our young children and the world in which they are growing up.

Forest School and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

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Author: Sara Knight

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446281655

Category: Education

Page: 176

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Outdoor learning continues to play an essential role in early years education, and this new edition of a bestselling book explores how the Forest School approach can be easily and effectively incorporated into early years practice. Expanding on aspects of Forest School teaching, and drawing on new developments and policy changes within the field, this new edition also includes: - a new chapter on working with parents - greater coverage of the 0-2 age range - new case studies to aid learning - coverage of international approaches to Forest School Yet again Sara Knight delivers an inspirational text for all those working in or studying early years education and care. Sara Knight is an experienced early years educator and Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools For All and Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play (both published by SAGE).

Risk & Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play

Learning from Forest Schools

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Author: Sara Knight

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446210308

Category: Education

Page: 152

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Do you want to create exciting outdoor experiences for children? Are you looking for guidance on how to incorporate the wilder and riskier elements of outdoor play into your planning? This book will give you the confidence to offer the children in your setting adventurous and challenging outdoor activities, as well as ways to utilise natural resources to their best advantage. There is clear, practical advice on what you need to do, which is underpinned by the theory that supports the benefits of this approach. Examples from settings are included, to illustrate best practice and to show how things can be achieved. Issues considered include: - being outside in 'bad' weather - the importance of risk-taking - the benefits of rough and tumble play - observing and assessing children in this mode - how these experiences improve children's learning - explaining activities to parents, colleagues and managers - ensuring health and safety requirements are met - the role of the adult in facilitating these experiences. Suitable for all students and practitioners working with young children from Birth to 8 , this book will not only give you ideas for outdoor play but also help you understand exactly what you are doing, why it is educationally sound and developmentally important for children, and where it connects with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England, the Foundation Phase (FP) in Wales and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Sara Knight is an experienced early years educator and Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years.

Forest School for All

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Author: Sara Knight

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

ISBN: 0857020722

Category: Education

Page: 272

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Helps demonstrate how to run Forest School sessions with a wide range of different age groups and in many different settings.

The Outdoor Classroom Ages 3-7

Using Ideas from Forest Schools to Enrich Learning

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Author: Karen Constable

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415667240

Category: EDUCATION

Page: 110

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The outdoor area is now an integral part of many early years settings and schools, but is it being used to its full potential? This book clearly explains the learning potential of the outdoor environment and practically demonstrates how the ‘Outdoor Classroom’ can be developed in early years settings and schools. Drawing on the Forest School approach, it aims to inspire practitioners to think creatively about their outside area and how they can provide rich play opportunities for children that will further their learning regardless of any time, space or financial restraints. Emphasising the importance of continuity for young children, the book shows how good practice in the early years can be built on in Reception and Key Stage 1 and covers: What is the outdoor classroom and how does it enhance children’s learning? How experiences in the Outdoor Classroom can support the early years and Key Stage 1 curricula The implications for schools using the outdoor classroom including resources, timetabling, space, parental and staff opposition Guidance on planning Activities and ideas for using the Outdoor Classroom Including practical examples and detailed case studies taken from a wide range of settings and schools, this handy text will help you to get the most out of your outside area.

Bringing the Forest School Approach to your Early Years Practice

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Author: Karen Constable

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317660226

Category: Education

Page: 156

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This easy-to-read series provides an introduction to some of the most important early years philosophies and shows how they can be incorporated into your setting. Each book provides: an outline of the background to the approach clear explanations of the relevance to contemporary thinking suggestions to help you plan a successful learning environment examples of what the individual approach can look like in practice. These convenient guides are essential to early years practitioners, students and parents who wish to fully understand what each approach means to their setting and children. How has Forest School helped to change attitudes about risk and challenge in the early years? What are the benefits of using this approach for children’s development, health and overall wellbeing? Bringing the Forest School Approach to your Early Years Practice provides an accessible introduction to Forest School practice. It identifies the key issues involved in setting up, running and managing a Forest school environment and offers clear guidance on resources, staffing and space required for successful play and learning outdoors. Including links to the Early Years Foundation Stage and a wide range of case studies, the book covers: The beginnings of Forest School and how practice has developed Child centred play and learning that allows for risk taking and challenge Planning for children’s individual needs, learning styles and schemas The learning environment The role of the adult including health and safety and children’s welfare. Full of practical advice, this convenient guide will help practitioners to deliver new, exciting and inspiring opportunities for the children they care for.

The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3–7

A month-by-month guide to forest school provision

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Author: Karen Constable

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317915410

Category: Education

Page: 138

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The outdoor environment is now an integral part of many early years settings and schools, but is it being used to its full potential? Providing extensive, challenging and ever-changing outdoor play experiences is an essential and valuable aspect of early years education. This book offers comprehensive guidance on how the outdoor environment can be used to teach and challenge all children across a range of settings drawing on forest school practice. Following a month-by-month format, each chapter provides a selection of theme-related play experiences alongside planning and evaluations of how the ideas described were carried out, and reveals the impact that they had on the children. Including detailed information on the role of the adult, the environment, planning and using children’s interests to guide their learning and development, the book features: over 100 full-colour photographs to illustrate practice diary entries that reflect how the planning was delivered, what changes were made and how aspects of learning were recorded and assessed examples of practice as well as comprehensive resource lists and safety guidelines links to indoor play and opportunities at home. Written by a leading authority on forest school practice and full of practical ideas that can be adapted to suit individual children’s needs, this book aims to inspire practitioners to make the most of the outdoor environment throughout the year.

Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years

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Author: Kate Tucker

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446297861

Category: Education

Page: 160

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'The book is grounded in the latest research about how children become effective learners, particularly in relation to mathematics. Bringing together research and practice in an accessible way, Kate Tucker provides an essential resource for all those who work with young children. I strongly recommend it!' - Dr Sue Rogers, Head of Department of Early years and Primary Education, Institute of Education Offering practical examples of focused, playful teaching this popular book is back for a third edition, with even more activities to use in your setting with children aged from 3 to 8. Completely updated to include the revised Early Years Foundation Stage, this new edition covers all the hot topics in the field, and now includes: a new section on teaching mathematics in Forest School more coverage of using ICT to teach mathematics more coverage of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) a key vocabulary section at the end of each chapter, and a detailed glossary expanded and updated suggestions for Further Reading even more activities to use in lessons, with some extended to include 7-8 year olds With a user-friendly layout, this new edition is an ideal resource for practitioners wishing to enhance their mathematics teaching, and for students wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of how to use play to teach mathematics. Kate Tucker is an early years teacher, trainer and writer based in Devon.

Playing Outdoors in the Early Years

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Author: Ros Garrick

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847065473

Category: Education

Page: 132

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Considers every aspect of outdoor play - from its rationale in early childhood education, to incorporating it successfully into the curriculum and assessing its wider implications for teaching and learning.

Exploring Outdoor Play in the Early Years

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Author: Trisha Maynard,Jane Waters

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335263399

Category: Education

Page: 178

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The aim of this text is to explore outdoor play in the early years focusing, in particular, on early years settings and young children aged 0 to 7 years.

International Perspectives on Forest School

Natural Spaces to Play and Learn

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Author: Sara Knight

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446293009

Category: Education

Page: 232

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Forest School is now implemented across a wide range of settings both nationally and internationally, and this book explores the global similarities between the Forest School approach and how natural spaces are being used all over the world. Written by a range of international authors, the text includes perspectives from: - Sweden - Portugal - Brazil - Germany - Slovenia - South Africa - Australia - USA and Canada - India It considers the impact that global influences have on early learning, and reflects on how the Forest School approach is used in the UK. With case studies, annotated further reading and points for practice this is a key text for all those studying Early Childhood Studies, Early Years and Primary Education. Sara Knight is Principal Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools For All, Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play and Forest School and Outdoor Learning (all published by SAGE).

Outdoor Learning: Past And Present

Past and Present

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Author: Joyce, Rosaleen

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335243010

Category: Education

Page: 131

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This book places outdoor learning in a theoretical, historical and social context of constructions of children, childhood and the use of the outdoors.

Understanding the Danish Forest School Approach

Early Years Education in Practice

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Author: Jane Williams-Siegfredsen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136485783

Category: Education

Page: 112

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Understanding the Danish Forest School Approach is a much needed source of information for those wishing to extend and consolidate their understanding of the Forest School Approach in Denmark and how it is used in the teaching and learning of young children. It will enable the reader to analyse the essential elements of this Approach to early childhood and its relationship to quality early years practice. Exploring all areas of the curriculum including the social and political background to using nature pedagogy, the organisation of early years settings, the learning environment and risk management, this book: describes the key principles of the Forest School approach to early childhood supported with examples and case studies; provides students and practitioners with the relevant information about a key pedagogical influence on high quality early years practice in the United Kingdom; highlights the key ideas that practitioners should consider when reviewing and reflecting on their own practice; can be used as the basis for continuing professional development Written to support the work of all those in the field of early years education and childcare, this is a vital text for students, early years and childcare practitioners, teachers, early years professionals, children’s centre professionals, lecturers, advisory teachers, head teachers and setting managers.

Outdoor Learning Environments

Spaces for exploration, discovery and risk-taking in the early years

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Author: Helen Little,Sue Elliott,Shirley Wyver

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1760639508

Category: Education

Page: 298

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Educators have a key pedagogical role in promoting early years outdoor play in natural environments. Active outdoor play involving risk-taking has been linked to positive effects on social health and behaviour, and encourages physical activity and motor skill development. At the same time, it has been recognised that opportunities for children to experience outdoor learning have been reduced in recent decades due to the impacts of technology, urbanisation and social change. This book brings together renowned authors, with research and professional experience in a range of disciplines, to provide a comprehensive guide to developing positive and engaging outdoor learning environments in the early years. Part 1 looks at pedagogy and outdoor environments, and considers the value of risk-taking and developing a young child's appreciation of the natural world. Part 2 examines the key principles involved in the design and planning of these spaces, such as applying the relevant equipment standards and regulations. Part 3 explores how educators can develop an understanding of children's own perspectives on outdoor spaces, including promoting agency and recognising the importance of private playspaces. Part 4 examines different cultural perspectives on outdoor play, including Indigenous approaches, while Part 5 considers the range of experiences possible beyond purposefully-designed spaces, from visiting nature reserves to exploring urban environments. 'A much needed and comprehensive resource for pre-service teachers and educators of young children that encompasses philosophies, theories, pedagogy and practice for purposeful engagement of children in all kinds of outdoor spaces in Australia.' - Dr Kumara Ward, Director of Academic Program: Early Childhood Education, Western Sydney University 'This seminal work will provide a shared language and framework for educators, policy developers, community builders and researchers in exploring the justifications for engaging children in well considered outdoor learning places and spaces.' - Leanne Grogan, School of Education, Outdoor and Environmental Studies, La Trobe University.

Teaching Science and Technology in the Early Years (3–7)

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Author: Dan Davies,Alan Howe,Christopher Collier,Rebecca Digby,Sarah Earle,Kendra McMahon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317694473

Category: Education

Page: 250

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Teaching Science and Technology in the Early Years (3-7) celebrates young children’s amazing capabilities as scientists, designers and technologists. Research-based yet practical and accessible, it demonstrates how scientific, designing and making activities are natural to young children, and have the potential for contributing to all aspects of their learning. By identifying the scientific and design-related concepts, skills and activities being developed, the book enables the reader to make more focused diagnostic observations of young children and plan for how they can help move them forward in their learning. This second edition has been thoroughly updated and features: Six new chapters providing practical advice and examples for enhancing scientific and technological learning through thematic approaches a new chapter focusing on the outdoor learning environment and how this can support science and technology new case studies of successful early years practice, alongside examples of practical planning for learning, and advice on documenting children’s learning stories, guidance on the role of talk, narrative, documentation and planning in relation to early years science and technology Based on the latest research and the first hand experience, this practical and accessible book is essential reading for early years and primary students on undergraduate and Masters level courses.

Risk, Challenge and Adventure in the Early Years

A practical guide to exploring and extending learning outdoors

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Author: Kathryn Susan Solly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136726608

Category: Education

Page: 192

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What is the difference between ‘risk’ and ‘danger’? What can children learn from taking risks? How can you provide key experiences for children and ensure their safety outdoors? Young children will naturally seek out challenges and take risks and this is crucial to their overall development. This book clearly explains why children should be given the freedom to take risks and provides practical guidance on how to offer stimulating and challenging outdoor experiences that will extend all areas of children’s learning. Including examples of activities for all weather conditions across all areas of learning, the book covers: The pedagogical history of adventure, risk and challenge Health, wellbeing and keeping safe The adult role Risk assessment Supporting individual children with different needs Environments that enable challenging and adventurous play Working with parents and addressing concerns Observation, planning and assessment This book is essential reading for practitioners and students that wish to provide rich experiences for children that will enable them to become confident and adventurous learners.

Children Learning Outside the Classroom

From Birth to Eleven

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Author: Sue Waite

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 152642133X

Category: Education

Page: 320

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The new edition of this bestselling textbook continues to help students and professionals understand the importance of getting children learning outside the traditional classroom, and is packed full of creative information and ideas for teachers and practitioners to incorporate outdoor activities throughout the school curriculum. Significantly revised and updated the second edition now includes 7 brand new chapters on: · Methods of Assessment and Evaluation · Global perspectives on Outdoor Learning · Developing whole school approaches to indoor and outdoor teaching · Technology and its role outside the classroom · Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and learning outdoors · Forest School · The environmental sector and outdoor learning Whether you're training to become a teacher, or already working in the classroom, this book demonstrates how the outdoor environment is enriching learning opportunities for children and deepening their connections with the natural world. NOW FEATURING! A Companion Website with free SAGE journal articles, weblinks, annotated further readings and video to help translate theory into real life practice.

100 Ideas for Early Years Practitioners: Forest School

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Author: Tracey Maciver

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472946634

Category: Education

Page: 144

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Forest School sessions have risen in popularity in recent years, with many nurseries and pre-schools offering them as part of their regular programme of activities. This new title in the best-selling 100 ideas series is filled with easy-to-implement ideas for introducing Forest School activities and concepts into each day, without putting pressure on the practitioners' time or the setting's budget. 100 Ideas for Early Years Practitioners: Forest School promotes the use of natural resources and the environment, as well as encouraging and instigating child-led learning and play. It addresses health and safety in the outdoor classroom, discusses issues and myths surrounding Forest School, and explores how integrating it into early years settings and provision can enhance children's learning as well as developing a range of 'soft skills' such as self-confidence, working with others, sharing, problem solving, empathy and respect for self, others and their environment.

I Love Forest School

Transforming early years practice through woodland experiences

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Author: Martin Pace

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 147290737X

Category: Education

Page: 96

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This is not a treatise to get children into the outdoors ? that is acknowledged as read. This is a book which considers the following: (i) Different approaches educators can take to working with children in outdoor environments (ii) The benefits of each approach, favouring those which are more child-led. (iii) The book will examine how practice in the woodland can influence educators and how they can support children's learning outdoors and indoors. The book will bring new understandings to practice in the nursery garden or school grounds, and will include an evaluation of how practice at Reflections Nursery has changed and developed in this context.