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Learning with Nature

Learning with Nature
Embedding Outdoor Practice

128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Learning outside the classroom is a key part of early years and primary practice and is on the rise in settings across the world. This book centres on outstanding outdoor practice and how children can learn and develop in natural environments.

Focussing on children aged from 2-11 this book contains:

  • self-evaluation toolkit for educators to reflect on what they’re doing now and where to develop to be more effective.
  • Examples of practice from around the world and in various environments, including urban settings.
  • An entire chapter on assessment and planning to help ensure and demonstrate quality of provision.

Looking at all the possibilities and approaches, there are models for practice to suit every setting so that everyone can make outdoor learning part of the core teaching and learning objectives.

Claire Warden is an educational consultant with an international reputation for pioneering work in education and a focus on children’s connection to the natural world.


Chapter 1: Self-Evaluation of Practice
Chapter 2: Characteristics of Outdoor Learning
Chapter 3: Learning with Nature
Chapter 4: Sharing Values with Parents
Chapter 5: Observation, Planning and Assessment
Chapter 6: Embedding Practice

A very good book for students who have decided to research this area for their independent or primary research projects during the foundation degree. It also underpins the discussions around the value and purpose of outdoor play and learning in natural environments.

Mrs Adele Roberts
Early Childhood Studies, Somerset College of Arts & Technology
December 2, 2015

Excellent book fully recommend to student studying the theory of outdoor play and also those who are interested in interested in outdoor play in early years and primary practice

Mrs Kelly Cover
Trowbridge Campus, Wiltshire College
April 28, 2016

A really good informative book providing ideas and through planning, teaching and assessment examples as well as Case Studies. Encourages students to take the risk of using the outdoor environment in an informed way.

Mrs Claire Garven
Faculty of Education (Frenchay), University of The West of England
December 1, 2015

This is a contemporary, relevant, critical companion to outdoor play and learning for children. Professionally I found this an excellent resource. It is packed full of practical help as well as superior themes and debates on the topic of nature pedagogy.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
November 5, 2015

This text supports modules promoting learning outside the classroom very well. It provides clear context and reflective text.

Mrs Marion Elizabeth Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
January 5, 2016

An accessible and engaging book which provides some interesting perspectives of leaning outdoors.

Mrs Jessica Baines-Holmes
School of Education, Brighton University
June 16, 2016

we promote and provide course to cover forest schools way of educating children. This was an essential book to adopt as it has been put on the reading list for the students to read.

Mrs Carol M darwin
Higher education , Ashton Sixth Form College
December 8, 2015

we have a few students doing the Forrest school course and this book was recommended for them to read as it is full of interesting articles that will improve their knowledge and understanding within this field.

Mrs Carol M darwin
Higher education , Ashton Sixth Form College
February 1, 2016

A really useful book for my Early Years students as it explores good practice, working with parents to share values and planning & observation. There are also case studies and lovely pictures.

Miss Charlotte Bishop
Early Years, University Campus Oldham
November 2, 2015

The UHI PGDE programme has a particular focus on outdoor education. This text will be used to support learning activities during our outdoor learning residential.

Dr Morag Redford
Education, University of The Highlands and Perth College
August 28, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Self-Evaluation of Practice

For instructors

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