Projects and Partnerships
Creative STAR is an umbrella organisation
Juliet hires freelance consultants, teachers and different organisations when contracts arise which require a team approach. This means that we get the right people for the right job. Likewise Juliet is often hired to work on behalf of another organisation or lead consultant.
Here is our portfolio of activity which can be viewed online, which grows year on year
Click on the titles or images to check out each resource
This is a practical guide to developing loose parts play sessions in schools, early learning, childcare and play organisations. It contains lots of advice, ideas, resources and time saving tips. Juliet co-authored this work with Theresa Casey. Published 22nd September 2016 by Inspiring Scotland in association with the Play Strategy for Scotland and the Scottish Government.
The ultimate companion to this website! It provides more than 200 ideas, suggestions and activities to help any primary school teacher develop the habit of working outside on a frequent and regular basis all year round. You don’t need to be a budding David Attenborough or an extreme adventure sport enthusiast to work outside with children. It’s about putting good teaching skills to work outside. And wearing a nice hat…! Published 27th February 2014.
Juliet was part of the Scottish Government’s working group which was set up to produce Scotland’s first play strategy. There are two parts: the Vision – published in June 2013 and the Action Plan – published in October 2013. In November, the Play Strategy for Scotland gained cross party support when it was debated in the Scottish Parliament. Great result!
This wonderfully fresh approach to growing, harvesting, cooking, eating, composting and decomposing food is the brainchild of the brilliant Geography Collective. Juliet chipped in and wrote some of the soil missions. Published in September 2012.
This early years and primary resource was jointly written by Ollie Bray and Juliet Robertson. “From virtual reality into the real world, Teach IT Outdoors brings a fresh approach to making the most of your school grounds, local area and beyond.” Published in April 2012.
This Education Scotland publication provides practical and straightforward advice about embedding outdoor learning in your school or setting. It was written by Juliet along with input from: Mark Baker, Lynnette Borradaile, Ollie Bray, Margaret Hearne, Daniel Raven-Ellison, Jill O-Reilly, Kirsty Robertson and Grounds for Learning. It’s free to download and well worth a look!
This document supports a strategic approach to the development of outdoor learning and provides a framework and process for collaborative planning and review. Check out the vision statement! Written by Juliet with thanks to Alison Drever, former Building your Curriculum Development Officer at Learning and Teaching Scotland who gave good advice.
This handy little book has been written by Simon Beames, Robbie Nicol and Pete Higgins, who are all based at the Outdoor Education department at Edinburgh University. The forward was written by Richard Louv as it is a book written for an international audience of teachers. Juliet was the critical friend providing ongoing feedback and thoughts as the book was being written. It was a rare privilege indeed.
Woods for Learning Case Studies
This series of case studies highlights woodlands as a rich context and resource for learning. For example involving parents in community action, developing woodlands for play at lunchtimes and using Forest School as part of an Intermediate Biology course in S4. The case studies cover early years, primary and secondary sectors. This work was funded by Forestry Commission Scotland.
This contract involved going through all Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes and coding them to ensure that outdoor learning opportunities were identified at each level. These can be viewed on the Education Scotland website.
This free guide is written to aid teachers in getting outdoors with pupils, exploring their local area and finding out more about the Earth. It was jointly written by Juliet Robertson and Angus Miller. It’s suitable for early years through to upper primary and relevant to any country or climate. Juliet was also involved in putting together the Ice Age Free CPD events in 2009 with Catherine Morgan and Ginger Franklin on behalf of SESEF.
Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Forest Kindergarten Pilot
This has been an ongoing project. Lynnette Borradaile, Penny Martin, Steve Alker and Toni Clark have all worked alongside Juliet on different contracts relating to this exciting initiative. Back in 2009 we produced a feasibility study. In 2011 we put together a mid-term evaluation. In 2012, Juliet is working with Karen Boyd, Forestry Commission Scotland, to develop an early years training package for pre-school practitioners in this area of Scotland.
This report covers the history of the outdoor nurseries in Sweden that led to the Forest School and nature kindergarten movement in the UK and elsewhere. Juliet wrote this after her Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship where she spent time with Siw Linde, one of the founders of the first I Ur och Skur. In 2010 the report was been translated into Japanese where there is a large “Skogsmulle” movement.
Juliet wrote this section of the website which includes research snippets and suggestions for different activities that educators, parents and carers can undertake with children and young people.