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What are children learning at forest school?

This week’s guest blog comes to us from Dr. Frances Harris, a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at the University of Hertfordshire, who also runs Outdoor Learning Experiences. She is a member of Natural England’s strategic research group for learning in the natural environment, the Forest School Association’s research committee, and was involved in setting up Countryside Classroom, an on-line resource for teachers to support learning about food, farming and the countryside.

No one doubts that forest school is a fun experience, but how can we know what children are learning at forest school, what they get out of it? Continue reading

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Sneak Preview on the Way! Natural Connections Findings!

The evidence is clear – getting children outdoors is fantastic for their health, wellbeing and learning and can set them on a pathway to happy, healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

Schools are community gateways to enable these opportunities for all children, yet in an average month around 8% of school age children in England get out of their classrooms into greenspaces* (ie. exploring a local park or farm, or going on a trip to a National Park). Furthermore, children from the most affluent families were almost twice as likely to visit the natural environment with their schools as those in poorer families.

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