More wildlife or tests?

Which do our 7 year-olds need most, asks Ben Fogle in a recent Guardian article. He begins: Government plans to introduce national tests for seven-year-olds shows just how far our exam obsession has come. Our kids now face constant assessment as politicians attempt to measure the success of schools. Children have become tiny cogs in a box-ticking…

Birmingham’s Wildest Schools

Three primary schools were crowned Birmingham’s wildest schools at the Wildlife Trust’s EcoPark in Small Heath at a special event late last year to celebrate learning about nature. TV personality, naturalist and ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts’ Forest Schools project, Nick Baker, presented the awards to the three schools and also spent time exploring the wildlife…

Circle of Life

Circle of Life Rediscovery aims to enable practitioners to foster a more mature relationship with the natural world and leave you inspired with a bag full of practical and theoretical tools that link to an educational/learning based setting. It offers bespoke training courses to improve outdoor learning drawing on best practice from around the world.  For example: Nature Connection…

Every Child Wild?

Here’s a link to a Wildlife Trusts blog which featured the writings of Abi Elphinstone. “It was the holly tree in my garden that taught me to be brave. I’d climbed all the others – the wellingtonia, the beech and the sycamore – through the maze of jutting branches until I emerged into a world of buzzards…

EatBy App

EatBy App are encouraging families to turn fruit and vegetables into characters and to upload photographs onto the app and on social media. “We want to encourage kids to learn more about fruit and vegetables with their family, and become experts in avoiding food waste,” said Barbara Lewis, one of the founders of EatBy. Food…