Interesting Issues & Hot Topics

Simon Nicholson and The Theory of Loose Parts – 1 Million Thanks

8 December 2017
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The man who changed the play world

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Tyres in School Grounds

1 October 2017
Tyres

Updated post – new research, painting, etc.

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Sandpits Outside – Challenging Myths and Misconceptions

10 August 2017
Sandpits

Examining some of the issues of sand and sandpits.

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Accreditations, Award Schemes and Outdoor Learning

14 April 2016
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Is your school involved?

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Congratulations Middleton Park Primary School

15 March 2016
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Outdoor learning = attainment & enrichment

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Sobel’s Nature Design Principles in Action

25 January 2016
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Time to observe your children at play

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Another Place in 2016

2 January 2016
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Being uprooted brings its challenges

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The Classroom is Too Small

5 December 2015

Who’s got the better deal. Chimps or children?

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Rewilding – Why the wolf in sheep’s clothing?

10 October 2015
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Do you know what rewilding means?

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A Whole School Approach to Outdoor Learning

6 September 2015
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A useful report from St Geradine School

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Is Outdoor Learning in Scotland Blossoming?

9 June 2015

Rob Bushby is UK Manager of the John Muir Award – the John Muir Trust’s environmental award scheme. In this detailed guest blog post, he takes in the view of the strategic landscape of Outdoor Learning in Scotland.  How about this for a statement of intent in an education system? Every learner is entitled to experience […]

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Blogging and The Trap of Assumptions

29 December 2014
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Recently I listened to Jonathan Freedland’s Radio 4 programme, The Long View, where the subject of Victorian diaries and social media was being discussed. It was comparing the boom in the keeping of personal diaries in the Victorian Era to our use of social media today. There was a good mix of opinions which got me thinking about […]

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Surfers Against Sewage: Autumn Beach Clean

4 October 2014
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Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is “an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.” From 17-19 October, this organisation is asking for your help. If you live near a beach or use a beach, you can get involved in […]

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When Children Need the Toilet Outdoors

19 July 2014
The Star

Outdoor toilets – what to do…

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The Pansy Project

18 May 2014
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There is something very poignant about seeing a single flower, such as the image of a red poppy at Flander’s Field and knowing its role in Remembrance Sunday and its story associated with The Great War. Over the years, flowers have become associated with different causes. There is the Snowdrop Appeal which fundraises for units to […]

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Health and Safety: Have you heard the latest…?

18 March 2014
HSE Myths

“Oh no, they cannot be serious!”

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Building Confidence on a Concrete Slope

11 January 2014
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It’s the little things which matter

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An Independent 2014?

2 January 2014
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Time to vote on it.

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Are Loose Parts Toys?

19 December 2013
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Are toys all that children want for Xmas?

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Are We Digital Natives from a Different Era?

23 October 2013
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Different age, same issues and concerns

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Drying and Managing Wet Clothes

17 October 2013
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Space saving solutions

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Foraging for Fruit – A Way to Love Gardening

25 July 2013
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Summer time… and the living is easy

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Free Play Adventures at Broxburn OOSC

16 April 2013
Balancing

This was my introduction to Broxburn Family Centre’s Out of School Care.

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10 Ideas if You Can’t Leave Resources Outside

16 March 2013

Creative, solution-focused thinking for when it comes to outdoor play provision.

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Is Free Play a Legitimate Learning Experience?

5 March 2013
Free Play

What do you think about the Engage for Education blog post?

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Keeping Parents Informed About Outdoor Learning

2 March 2013
Operation Eco Allochy

How do you communicate with parents about your outdoor learning initiatives?

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10 Reasons Why Teachers Like Learning Outdoors in Scotland

16 February 2013

What is your experience of learning outdoors?

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Being Naughty

12 January 2013
Naughty

Naughty or excitement of exploring?

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Do you have a poisonous plant in your school garden?

4 August 2012
Poisonous Plants

Which are poisonous and which aren’t? Do you know?

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Indoor or Wet Breaks – A Dangerous Idea?

13 June 2012
Icy Weather

Indoors or out…weather, clothing and more.

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The Outdoor Clothing Box is Being Trialled

25 April 2012
Outdoor Clothing Box

Children’s feedback includes more than you might expect.

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We are the Influencers!

22 April 2012
The Star

With the power to change anything.

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Dangerous Ideas in Education

11 April 2012
Playing with fire

Do we need more risk in activities offered to children?

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Beware! Extreme Signage

28 March 2012
Signage

Instructions, warnings, ‘elf and safety – signs everywhere!

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BtC Outside and In: What’s special about the outdoors?

22 January 2012
The Star

The second in the series of Building your curriculum, outside and in.

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Building your Curriculum: Outside and In – Values Part 1

19 January 2012
The Star

The first in our series of Building your curriculum, outside and in.

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Try Before you Buy

4 January 2012
Outdoor Clothing

Outdoor clothing for children and practitioners.

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A rope trail for everyone

15 June 2011
Rope Trails

An old climbing rope is a wonderful resource and here it was used to good effect.

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I’m a parent – let my child OUTSIDE at school!

17 February 2011
Parents Outdoor School

Ideas for parents to encourage outdoor learning in schools.

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Hand hygiene outdoors

20 January 2011
Hand Hygiene Outdoors

Removing one of the barriers to learning outdoors.

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