Going Wild at the ASE Conference

On 9th January Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, authors of the Going Wild books were invited to give the key note Margaret Collis Lecture at the ASE Conference, which they saw as a wonderful opportunity to speak to an audience of mainly primary school teachers about all of the exciting opportunities the natural world offers for teaching not only about science but right across the curriculum.

They were able to demonstrate how many of the fun and creative activities featured in their books are relevant to the curriculum and can easily be used in the school grounds or in a local park to deliver outdoor education on a regular basis on the doorstep. They believe that this approach gets over most of the barriers to taking classes of children outside.  The slides attached below show a couple of ideas which they have developed with a school in London, using the park next door to the school and the school grounds.

Going Wild ASE information 15 Jan 2016

Their key message to the conference was to stress the importance and benefits of reconnecting children with the natural world but also to excite them about all of the possibilities offered by the natural world for teaching and learning.  The audience was very responsive and appreciative and Jo and Fiona hope that they might now feel able to use the outdoors more creatively in their teaching.



Happy New Year to all our followers old and new! This week’s guest blog comes to us from the USA , thanks again to Steve Cooper for writing something light and lovely to start the new year. View Steve’s previous blog HERE

Dr. Seuss was right.  When children are stuck inside, things will get wild and mischief is sure to ensue.

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”

Thus begins the childhood classic tale The Cat In The Hat. In this misadventurous story, two children are stuck in the house because of lousy weather which prompts mischief to ensue.

Dr. Seuss’s beloved book comes to mind when inclement weather confines my students to indoor recess. The children gaze out the windows as clouds gather overhead. With hopeful faces they ask, “Do you think we will go outside today?”

Harsh winds blow the incoming rain across the playground which triggers an announcement over the intercom, “Girls and boys, we will be staying inside today.”  After a sigh of disappointment, the children retrieve their board games and puzzles then scatter in groups across the floor.

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