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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 [...]

Environmental Worldviews – a historical approach

By | November 1st, 2015|Book Review|

Environmental Worldviews – a historical approach is a book by Richard Jurin with contributions from John Disinger, Clay Schoenfeld and Jennifer Tomsen which will be published by Kendall Hunt in 2016. This, then, is not so much a review as an alert.  The key idea behind the book is that human–environment relationships are the result [...]

Do you think about it?

By | October 22nd, 2015|Book Review|

Don't even Think about it: why our brains are wired to ignore climate change It was the enticing title that persuaded me to order 'Don't even Think about it' from our library.  There was just one copy in the whole county of Cumbria, so it wasn’t high in the popularity charts, which is just the status [...]

A Year Around the Great Oak

By | October 7th, 2015|Book Review|

A Year Around the Great Oak is a beautifully written and illustrated picture book telling the story of two children, Benjamin and Anna, who visit their forester uncle through the year. The story tracks the cycle through the seasons of a three hundred year old oak tree and the children’s relationship with it through the year, as [...]

All about seeds and caterpillars

By | September 28th, 2015|Book Review|

A Seed in Need, is part of the Little Bees information picture book series, this beautifully illustrated and well-laid out book perfectly reinforces the stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant. The information about the stages snakes its way across each page, and additional facts are drawn out through a conversation between an [...]

I Love My World

By | September 12th, 2015|Book Review|

‘I Love my World’ claims to be the book most used by qualified Forest School teachers, endorsed by no less than Michael Morpurgo.  It is packed full of well thought-out, inspiring ideas for leading outdoor activities with children, teenagers and adults. Holland’s teaching plans are empowering and precise, with clear instructions on how to prepare, [...]

Thinking Allowed on Schooling

By | September 5th, 2015|Book Review|

Thinking Allowed on Schooling is crammed with down-to-earth common sense observations and advice, formed from exhaustive research and vast experience of all levels in the education system. As a Cumbrian colleague, I could be accused of bias in my comments about this book, but Mick Water’s track record speaks volumes.  He started as a primary [...]