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Outdoor learning news and blog posts from LtL

This page collates our latest news and blog posts from staff and guests.

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Would you like to take part in an early years mental health research project?

The project is called Social & Emotional Learning through bringing nature back to schools  in short SEL for Schools. We are aware of the impact Covid has/is still having on […]

The history of Forest Kindergarten in the UK

The Learning through Landscapes ‘Forest Kindergarten’ qualification is a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) course, developed since 2009 in partnership with Forestry Scotland. The course development saw early years educators leading […]

Comparing Forest Kindergarten and Forest School

Forest Kindergarten and Forest School share a partial title, and an engagement with nature. They are however two very different courses, and this article lays out those differences.   Forest […]

New environmental education measures: our response

We were pleased to be one of a number of organisations asked to share our expertise in consultation with the Department for Education and the Natural History Museum recently, as […]

Making breaktimes spaces for teacher-free learning

Our Scotland Director, Matt Robinson, reflects on prioritising play and how to improve the quality of breaktimes. High-quality play is an essential part of childhood. Article 31 of the UN […]

A Grimsby primary’s outdoor learning progress

Claire Abercrombie, one of our Training and Development Officers, recently helped St Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy to boost their outdoor learning. Delivering outdoor learning training in schools means that I […]

New resources for outdoor learning and play

We are delighted to share with you the first set of newly designed resources for outdoor learning and play.  As a charity with curriculum-led outdoor learning at its core, we want to ensure our activities cover […]

How can educators best support children through climate anxiety?

Learning through Landscapes CEO, Carley Sefton, reflects on how The Big Ask, the recent climate anxiety report and the Pre-COP26 youth summit must provoke some big conversations. Last week was […]

An Advisory Visit to a nursery in the Scottish Borders

A few months ago Jane Mackenzie, Training and Development Officer at Learning through Landscapes, carried out an Advisory Visit at a small nursery in Scotland. This is the story of […]

Over 200 children to receive wet weather clothing

Thank you! Thanks to the support of everyone who liked, shared and donated to our Crowdfunder campaign last year, 7 primary schools across the UK have each received 30 sets […]

An important update about the ISGA Conference

Our Scotland Director, Matt Robinson, explains why we have made a difficult decision…  In light of the growing number of serious cases of Covid in Scotland, we have taken the […]

Natural Nations: new surveys and next steps

When we first began our Natural Nations project in December 2019, we could never have predicted the pandemic disruption that lay ahead. Funded by Erasmus+, Natural Nations is working with […]

5 top tips for protecting bees and other pollinators

DEFRA’s Bees’ Needs Week may be over for 2021, but bees and other pollinators need to be looked after all year round. Pollinating insects are critical for food production and […]

A chance to benefit from international education expertise

Mary Jackson, Learning through Landscapes’ Head of Education and Communities, explains why this year’s International School Grounds Alliance conference is especially important. On 23 and 24 September this year, the […]

Learning through Landscapes CEO, Carley Sefton, reflects on pandemic resilience

As I packed my office plants into my car last April, I did not expect that they would still be in my home office over a year later. In that […]

An Open Letter to Education Ministers

Teachers and school leaders from across the four nations have written an open letter to Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Education), John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Education and [...]

My School My Planet – new research findings

As we tackle the question of how to return to school, new evidence from our My School, My Planet project shows that dedicated outdoor education programmes can support disadvantaged pupils [...]

LtL Training update – face to face work

I wanted to write this piece to explain our current Covid controls while delivering in school, early years or childcare settings. Our decisions are based on Government advice and our […]

Learning through Landscapes CEO, Carley Sefton, reflects on a difficult year

This week my family and I sat down to watch the live streaming of a socially distanced version of A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic. It was wonderful, and […]

LtL Training Update – November 16th 2020

Dear colleagues We have continued our work in schools and early years settings as we believe that outdoor learning and play have never been more needed than now. Outdoor learning […]

Help end clothing poverty for UK schoolchildren

We need you to help end clothing poverty in UK schools and make sure every child can get outdoors, whatever the weather. Make a donation here: Give a child […]

Natural Nations: Having a field day in the Swedish press

During Spring lockdown in the UK, Spain and Malta, our Swedish friends and Erasmus + Natural Nations partners Naturskolan i Lund and Lund University were able to make significant progress with testing pilot biodiversity surveys in […]

Asking a favour

Dear friends old and new of LtL, On behalf of  LtL I would like to express a heartfelt thank you for all your support over the past few months. We […]

Natural Nations: birds, bees and happy collaboration

‘Really happy that we now have a way forward and a great understanding of what is going to happen next’                      […]

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