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1st Edition

Teaching Outdoors Creatively

Edited By

Stephen Pickering

ISBN 9781138642386
Published May 4, 2017 by Routledge
166 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Teaching Outdoors Creatively offers guidance and a variety of exciting ideas to suit the full range of primary schools and locations. Underpinned by current research and practical experience, it investigates innovative approaches to working creatively with children beyond the classroom.

While recognising the diverse needs and opportunities that primary schools have to develop the outdoors as part of their curriculum, it presents a broad range of activities, philosophies and approaches. Key themes explored include:

  • Understanding and using local and home environments
  • Investigating streets and buildings in your area
  • Planning fieldwork
  • Using rivers to inspire children
  • Forest schools
  • Beach schools
  • Physical education outdoors
  • Learning through adventure.

 Teaching Outdoors Creatively supports teaching and learning in a wide range of settings, from schools in rural and urban areas, to off-site outdoor education centres and residential visits. With a focus on developing effective and stimulating learning environments for children it is a must-have resource for all busy trainee and practising teachers.

Table of Contents

1. Everyday Places and Spaces: What is Outdoor Learning? Stephen Pickering

2. Taking the Learning Outdoors at KS1: Extending Early Years Practice in 5 to 7 Julia Tanne

3. Streetwork: Investigating Streets and Buildings in the Local Area Stephen Scoffham

4. Creative Fieldwork: Whose Place is this Anyway? Paula Owens

5. Storying the Outdoors Sharon Witt

6. Forest School: Opportunities for Creative and Spiritual Growth Sara Knight

7. Beach Schools Margaret MacKintosh

8. Curious Explorations: Using Rivers to Foster Awe and Wonder Jane Whittle

9. Creative Approaches for Teaching Physical Education in the Outdoors Sarah Williams

10. Creative Approaches to Teaching through Adventure Lee Pritchard and Colin Wood

11. The Future Outdoors: Learning from Around the World Stephen Pickering


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Stephen Pickering is Course Leader for Primary and Outdoor Education and Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Worcester, UK