How do you eat your tadpoles?
Chris Packham, the man behind BBC’s Spring Watch, argues that everybody should eat at least a couple of tadpoles in their lifetime. There is a reason for this. Children are increasingly growing up with ‘nature deficiency’ disorder and fail to develop a sense of awe, wonder and spirituality from engaging with the world around them. Research in 2010 indicated that around 30% of children thought cows hibernate in winter, conkers comes from oak or maybe beech or possibly fir trees and that 64% of youngsters played outside only once a week. Research from Glasgow University indicates the dangers of children growing up in a containerised world.
If you ask any adult about their most memorable childhood experiences, 80% of them will speak about events outdoors, so why do we spend so little time working with children in the open air? Ofsted tell us that memorable experiences lead to memorable learning and the place where the learning takes place adds to the value. In his recent book Will Ryan identifies 33 fabulous learning activities children can routinely undertake outdoors with minimum financial investment and he is ready to share them with you.
So why not let Inside Out Schools help you to unleash the power of outdoor learning in your school?
Here are some thoughts from schools where we have made a difference:
Will Ryan opened our eyes to the things all around us that we walk past everyday and how they can lead to high quality learning. Our staff loved it!
Headteacher Cherry Tree Primary
I was amazed by what our children did outdoors. What a day!
Headteacher Leavesden Green
I liked working with Will by the old canal. I felt that I was writing like a real author
Year 6 Pupil