A study in 2016 found the average child spends less time outside than a high security prison inmate at 75 minutes per day. In addition the average roaming range of an 8 year in 1912 was 8 miles, today it's 250m.
What are the implications of this for child development? Many more children these days are beginning school with poor physical literacy skills and are non verbal, this has been linked to a lack of outdoor time as it is competing with indoor activities that are perceived as safe. The irony is that in trying to protect children we are in fact harming them.
We're moving into a new-era as many children globally experience a 'confined' childhood. In response we must embrace an expanded definition of the classroom where all spaces are seen as potential 'places for learning' and stewardship of the environment is at the heart of our practice.
The research is clear and un-controversial, spending time in nature for learning benefits all, pupils and staff alike. Improved engagement, enjoyment, attainment, attendance, behaviour, focus, health and wellbeing are undisputed.
Connecting with these spaces creates powerful, memorable experiences that a supports greater diversity of children's skills and talents. This approach has the potential to transform the school life of many who are not designed to sit in a classroom.
As we stare down the barrel of an obesity and mental health epidemic in children and the now very real impact of Climate Change, there has never been a time more important than this for children to be learning in a practical way in the natural environment.
If some of your parents were sitting with you right now face to face...and looked you in the eyes, could you answer yes to any of the questions below?
This event will be jam packed with practical ideas, best practice, lesson plans and activities that you can take away to enhance the curriculum in so many ways. Learn from our expert Keynote Speakers and in-depth, hands-on workshops around themes such as:
If you are at the start of this journey or if you are already delivering an 'outdoor-centric' curriculum, our team of experts will help you enhance what you do and awaken the enthusiasm of your learners like never before.
You will also come away with a plethora of written materials and resources from each and every Keynote and workshop provided.
This year we will also focus attention on what’s happening in the UK and beyond such as movements, initiatives, research underpinning and policy. We will share the key organisations that we can get connected to and source ideas and inspiration from.
The outcomes for you will be as follows:
In terms of activities and skills acquisition there will be a host of workshops utilising a number of contexts that may already exist in your school or if not simple ideas on how you might create them. Let's be clear you don't need 100 acres of woodland at your school to benefit from these ideas as they are workable in even the most urban playground.
In addition you will attend workshops and ‘drop in’ on others. Consult with the experts through clinics, receive handouts from all sessions so you can take your teaching and learning outside the very next day.
Don't miss this incredible opportunity and become part of this movement.