1st Edition

Teaching Outdoors Creatively

Edited By Stephen Pickering Copyright 2017
    166 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    166 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



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

    "More and more, teachers are using outside space as an essential part of their teaching - you only have to look at the proliferation of canopies around schools to see the evidence. This can only be a good thing, but whatever space schools have, it is essential to make the best possible use of it - and that's where this book comes in. Informed by current research and practical experience, the book investigates innovative approaches to working creatively with children beyond the classroom. It covers far more than just within the confines of the school though; it looks at local environments, streets and buildings, fieldwork, rivers, forest and beach schools, PE outdoors and learning through adventure, so it is really wide-ranging. There are copious photos throughout to inspire teachers plus activity boxes which are full of well-explained ideas to extend learning. An excellent book to ensure the wider environment is used and a great way to stimulate discussion among teachers."

    Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch Review