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Being outside: the impact on students’ learning

By | July 23rd, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Lisa Bell Head of Curriculum for Early Childhood & Health, Brockenhurst College writes about learning and teaching outside the classroom and the impact on students’ learning. Brockenhurst College maintains an excellent academic reputation and is committed to providing the highest quality education for all, offering a range of courses, attracting around 3000 sixth-form students from [...]

Environmental education across a huge county

By | July 11th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Kat Wooley Education Officer & Trainee Forest School Practitioner, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust The county of Yorkshire is big: approximately 11,903 square kilometres (thanks Wikipedia) and has a population of just over 5 million. Yorkshire also has a wide and varied landscape, which is rather exciting for staff at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to [...]

British Birdgirl introduces her peers to wildlife

By | June 24th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Mya-Rose Craig is a 15-year-old British Bangladeshi young naturalist, birder and conservationist.  She writes the successful Birdgirl blog and was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Shaun the Sheep.  She has also been listed with singer George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams as one of Bristol’s most influential young people. The article which [...]

Generating sparks!

By | June 5th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Using the solar racing car challenge to teach about renewable energy “Make the fastest solar car you can!” This was the simple challenge posed to the students at Swinton School, Rotherham, on a recent renewable energy project day. Can you remember learning about electricity using a series of line diagrams filled with obscure shapes and [...]

Changing climates, different cultures, school curricula and children’s perceptions

By | May 8th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

What can talking and walking with children in different parts of the world tell us about how humans are responding to changing climates, and what does this mean for school curricula? In a recent comparative study of children’s perceptions and articulations of place in the UK, Mexico, Mongolia, and Alaska[1], we explored children’s experience of [...]

Is it time for nature schools?

By | April 28th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has a long history of involvement in providing informal and formal environmental education. Over the years, general nature studies have given way to specific activities tailored to help teachers meet attainment targets. We have worked with hundreds of schools; creating wildlife areas, running teacher training sessions, giving presentations to school assemblies [...]

Does changing our behaviour at school actually make a difference in terms of climate change?

By | April 18th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Does changing our behaviour at school actually make a difference in terms of climate change? And if it does, how can we know? Sheila Gundry Bins slopping with school dinner waste.... images of tonnes of unnecessary waste dumped in landfill sites.... waste can really capture children’s attention. What’s more, it’s a tangible issue for children [...]

ESD Case Studies from the UK

By | April 4th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

The UK National Commission for UNESCO has published a series of case studies showcasing best practice examples of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from across the UK.  The case studies were launched at the Four Nations Education for Sustainability Conference in Manchester on 20 March 2017. The eight studies highlight different examples of ESD in [...]

Pictures are only worth a thousand words if carefully chosen

By | March 20th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

As every great teacher knows, a picture is worth a thousand words. But the story you end up with depends on the picture you pick. Get it right and you can stimulate new perspectives, behaviours and emotions. Get it wrong and you might reinforce negative stereotypes, leave people feeling helpless, or create a totally false [...]

21st Century technology and outdoor learning

By | March 8th, 2017|Environmental Education Feature|

Craig Armiger, of Outdoor Coaching UK, explores the question of using modern technology in outdoor learning. What are your thoughts on using 21st Century technology out in the field to assist your session?  Until recently I had not used technology outside, relying on the outdoors to weave its magic. However, I teamed up with Value Added Education [...]