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Outdoor learning news and blog posts from LtL

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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’                      […]

Sefari learning resources

A slightly different set of resources from our colleagues at  SEFARI (the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes) who are sharing educational activities and resources for teachers, parents and […]

Natural Nations: Swedish schools open for survey testing

Our newest Erasmus + transnational project had just got going when Coronavirus arrived and forced us to put the brakes on!  Fortunately, the teams from Malta, Spain, Sweden and the […]

Learning to Return Outdoors – learning outdoors as schools return

“I am Carley Sefton, CEO of The Learning through Landscapes Trust (LtL). LtL is a charity founded 30 years ago to promote the use of school grounds in education. LtL […]

A Nana in lockdown – tales from the garden pond

I am a Nana in lockdown and been given two new names by my four fabulous grandkids who I’m sadly not able to hug and squeeze.  Well not yet anyway. […]

Lose yourself in loose parts play

Hello! I’m Steve Moizer, one of the Training and Development Officers at Learning through landscapes, based in the Scottish office on the beautiful University campus in Stirling. For many years […]

Children’s mental health during lockdown

Dr. Helen Dodd of the University of Reading is working on two studies that are tracking children’s mental health during lockdown. The aim is to work out what children/families are […]

LtL is 30 years old – help us celebrate!

Learning through Landscapes (LtL) is 30 years old today! You can read all about the history of LtL by clicking here.  

International School Grounds Alliance Conference – Postponement

The global situation we are currently all in means – for many – we have to become more comfortable with adapting. Here at Learning through Landscapes, that means looking at […]

Homeschooling and your garden

Hi, I’m Mandy Tulloch, an outdoor learning specialist in Aberdeenshire. I run Mud Pies, weekly nature classes for 2 to 5-year-olds and work in four great primary schools in Aberdeen, […]

Why we’re taking the time out to rest, reflect and readjust to the “new normal”.

We’ve decided to give our staff a week off to process the ever-changing whirlwind that the entire world has found itself in. And this is why. There is no escaping […]

About Friedrich Froebel, who invented “kindergarten”

Childhood is a time for, well, childhood! It’s not a preparation for school or adulthood. Children need to go at their own pace, with time to explore, manipulate, discover, practise […]

Social distancing and getting outdoors – Covid-19

Social distancing and getting outdoors – Covid-19 Like so many people around the world, we are trying to social distance, and yet a sunny weekend has shown the challenges of […]

Join our FREE outdoor learning online support group during COVID-19

Here at Learning through Landscapes, we want to support you during these uncertain times. Our first step was to launch a free virtual forum to guide families and educators with [...]

Secondary Science Fieldwork – Bioprofiles Erasmus+

I’m a secondary pupil get me outside! We are nearing the end of a two-year Erasmus+ project secondary science fieldwork. The main feedback from participating students was their enjoyment of […]

Another Erasmus project takes off!

Natural Nations is the new Erasmus-funded project led by LtL with collaboration from organisations in Sweden, Malta and Spain.  The LtL ‘Nat Nat’ team will work with Naturskolan i Lund, […]

Matt Robinson announced as new Scotland Director

We are delighted to announce that Matt Robinson will be taking over as Scotland Director at Learning through Landscapes (LtL) in January 2020. Matt has been a member of the Scottish team […]

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