Monthly Archives: August 2017


Summer update from Natural England – part 2

By | August 15th, 2017|Blog|

Here's more from Natural England's latest round up of recent evidence and reports, policy developments, large scale initiatives, resources and news items: The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning T Waller, E Ärlemalm-Hagsér, EBH Sandseter. Book There has been a growing academic interest in the role of outdoor spaces for play in a child’s development. [...]

Monday Round up – August 14 to 20

By | August 14th, 2017|Webwatch|

1. The Natural History Museum says you can "Dive into the mysterious world of whales, dolphins and porpoises this summer at our new exhibition, Whales: Beneath the surface. Watch our short film to take look inside and find out more about one of the world's most fascinating evolutionary stories."  The top five things to do inside the [...]

A lesson plan on redesigning plastics

By | August 13th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Redesigning Plastics is a new lesson plan written by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Schools and Colleges team as part of the World's Largest Lesson 2017 [*]. The two part lesson is aimed at students aged 12+.  It introduces key facts about plastics, what could be done to make them fit in a circular economy, and encourages students [...]

Project Wild Thing & children’s relationships with nature

By | August 9th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Dr Ria Dunkley Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University I grew up in a village in mid-Wales and spent a considerable amount of time in the town, but that town was Aberystwyth and Aberystwyth looks out at the sea. My house was separated from that sea by a 120-metre Iron Age hill fort. My grandfather [...]

London Wetland Centre activities

By | August 9th, 2017|Webwatch|

Here are some August and September activities in London: Night Safaris  Fridays from the 4th to 25th August This summer bring your kids you on an exciting night adventure building dens, listening to wildlife and looking for bats and other nocturnal animals. We’ll finish the evening with stories around a roaring campfire toasting marshmallows. Suitable for [...]

Suggestions from Wildlife Watch – part 2

By | August 8th, 2017|Blog|

Here are some more suggestions c/o Wildlife Watch for summer activities. Beauty in the Beasts - Chris Lawrence  Wildlife photographer, and Wildlife Trust volunteer, Chris Lawrence talks about the wonder of insects, and how he uses his skill in photography to directly help his local Wildlife Trust!  Have a read, then pick up your camera!  My [...]

Monday Round up – August 7 to 13

By | August 7th, 2017|Webwatch|

1. Click here to read July's round up from Think Global.  It includes news of the Global Educator of the Year, and its Global learning annual event (28-29 November) that is  taking place in Birmingham.  This will include the Think Global AGM.  The event is for organisations working in global learning and will "demonstrate vision and showcase excellence in [...]

Control must be maintained

By | August 4th, 2017|Webwatch|

‘Control must be maintained’: exploring teachers’ pedagogical practice outside the classroom. This paper, by NAEE Fellow, Dr Melissa Glackin has been published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education.  Here's the Abstract: Drawing on qualitative data, this article presents an analysis of six secondary science teachers’ expectations and practices related to teaching outdoors during [...]

Summer update from Natural England – part 1

By | August 3rd, 2017|Blog|

Natural England has released its latest round up of recent evidence and reports, policy developments, large scale initiatives, resources and news items. This is to support the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All [SRGLNEOA] to "develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy and [...]

LEEF summer activities

By | August 2nd, 2017|Webwatch|

You can join bgen, LEEF and BGCI for a Networking Day at Kew on Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 10am-4pm. They will be exploring successful educational initiatives that thrive on working together. The aim is to "bring together like-minded professionals to mingle, get inspiration and share their best practices". Participants will have the chance to: Hear how partnership working has [...]