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100 Family Adventures

By | March 5th, 2016|Book Review|

The Meeks took 2014-2015 as a family year out of formal education and work to travel round Britain in search of adventure. This book of 100 ideas and activities to get you venturing outside and beyond your comfort zone with your nearest and dearest is the result. Fun and motivating, each double page spread boasts [...]

Eco Republic

By | February 20th, 2016|Book Review|

"Crazy! Lunatic! What is he talking about? How dare he challenge our way of life?"  When a character in Plato's Republic sees that things might change – even though it's for the better, long term – he calls out for the status quo, for things to be as he is used to.  Anyone with a message [...]

Teaching with Flowers

By | February 7th, 2016|Book Review|

Juliette Green examines Julie Warburton's book on teaching with flowers. This is a colourful, chunky handbook full of practical and innovative ideas for using flowers across the curriculum. Julie Warburton is a former teacher and educational consultant and this comes across through the strong curriculum links and the easy-to-follow teaching ideas. She subsequently retrained as [...]

Gardens and Growing

By | January 24th, 2016|Book Review|

Philippa Riste examines two quite different books about gardens and growing, and finds them both valuable. Gardening in School All Year Round is an excellent teaching resource to equip schools in the creation and maintenance of a functioning school garden, with associated gardening club.  Each month has a dedicated double page spread full of practical information, [...]

Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide

By | January 13th, 2016|Book Review|

The lands on which we construct and expand our growing cities, alongside our farms that we push to be ever more productive, have been devastated by pollution and erosion – contamination in lots of different vocabularies.  This guide is an answer to ‘how we can make amends’.  It is both a practical reparations toolkit ‘and’ [...]

Britain’s Habitats – A guide

By | January 2nd, 2016|Book Review|

This 276 page hardback isn’t something you’d be throwing in your rucksack before setting out into the great unknown.  However, leafing through its pages of beautiful photos and useful diagrams would mean that a few pages captured in a photo or photocopy to take with you as a visual aid would be well worth the [...]

Let’s look at woods and forests

By | December 10th, 2015|Book Review|

These visually delightful books are designed to be an individual’s ‘spot and learn, stick and play’ book.  The pages are of thick glossy wipe clean card, so would be suitable for taking out and about, however the beautiful illustrations give these publications a sense of being special and something to look after – I for [...]

Children and Gardens

By | November 29th, 2015|Book Review|

Philippa Riste looks at two books which focus on what children can do in gardens. Kids in the Garden is a lovely gift for children or a useful addition for a teacher in charge of a school garden; this is a fantastic book for kids aged 6 and above, from which even experienced adult gardeners [...]

100 Family Adventures

By | November 22nd, 2015|Book Review|

The Meeks took 2014-2015 as a family year out of formal education and work to travel round Britain in search of adventure.  This book of 100 ideas and activities to get you venturing outside and beyond your comfort zone with your nearest and dearest is the result.  Fun and motivating, each double page spread boasts [...]

The Age of Sustainable Development

By | November 6th, 2015|Book Review|

Jeffrey Sachs is an eminent analyst of global development.  His new book The Age of Sustainable Development, which was recently presented and discussed at UN headquarters in New York, gives an insight into the current post-2015 negotiations and the concept of sustainable development. The publishers say: Jeffrey D. Sachs is one of the world's most perceptive and [...]