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The outdoor classroom ages 3-7: using ideas from forest schools to enrich learning

The outdoor classroom ages 3-7: using ideas from forest schools to enrich learning

Constable, Karen, author

Emphasising the importance of continuity for young children, The Outdoor Classroom Ages 3-7 practically demonstrates how early years settings and schools can maximise the learning potential of the outdoor environment. Fully updated to take into account the revised EYFS and Key Stage 1 curricula and including new case studies throughout, this second edition encourages teachers and practitioners to examine and reflect on their use of the outside area to ensure they provide rich play opportunities for children that will further their learning regardless of time, space or financial restraints. Drawing on the Forest School approach, this handy text considers the practical implications for settings using the outdoor classroom and covers: the characteristics of effective learning outdoors; guidance on timetabling and planning; advice on the logistics and health and safety involved; tips for navigating parental and staff opposition; closely linked theory and practice to assessment; the social and emotional aspects of learning. Full of resources, lesson plans and activities to support rich learning opportunities, this book will inspire you to think creatively about the outside area and use its full potential to bring the outdoors alive with interest, exploration and challenge

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Second edition.
Published London: Routledge, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Karen Constable
ISBN: 1315394057, 9781315394053
Note: Previous edition: 2012.
Physical Description: 144 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Outdoor education.; Experiential learning.; Education.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781138227972


  1. 1. What is an outdoor classroom and how does it enhance children’s learning?   2. The implications for settings using the outdoor classroom   3. Using themes to inspire learning in the outdoor classroom   4. Assessing children’s learning in the outdoor classroom  5. The outdoor classroom in practice   6. Conclusion