On BBC Radio 4, Julie White shares her passion for children learning outdoors in the natural world as the best way for them to achieve wellbeing and resilience. "There is a big divide between the older generation and a lot of millennials in terms of our outdoor experiences growing up. Finding a more natural way to educate our children seems to be gaining popularity with parents, but we need government and policy makers to really take this on board."
With children now better at identifying Pokémon characters than common species of British plants and wildlife, there are concerns that we are increasingly losing touch with nature. In January, the UK government announced it would set £10m aside for outdoor learning – part of a 25-year environment plan that includes a pledge to “encourage children to be close to nature, in and out of school, with particular focus on disadvantaged areas”.
Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) is the first book from the people who created Tinkering School. With projects, activities, experiences, and skills ranging from “Superglue Your Fingers Together” to “Play with Fire,” along with 48 other great ideas, the book is a manifesto for kids and parents alike to reclaim childhood. Easy to follow instructions, fun facts, and challenging undertakings that will engage and inspire whole households.
Twenty years ago, while filming in Sumatra, Chris Packham took a photograph of a young girl. She was a member of a tribe of hunter-gatherers called the Orang Rimba, who lived harmoniously with their jungle environment. For Chris it was an immensely significant encounter.
Young children learn through their imaginations. They experiment with the world and people around them through role play and creative activities. While this is often done individually in playtimes and at home, schools can also harness the power of creative play in classrooms to develop well-rounded pupils.
With the chill of winter settling in, it is timely to discuss the importance of outdoor play. During the cooler months, it is common for children to be restricted to indoor play at home, and only permitted to play outdoors when it is warm and sunny.
What do you learn when you sail around the world on your own? When solo sailor Ellen MacArthur circled the globe – carrying everything she needed with her – she came back with new insight into the way the world works, as a place of interlocking cycles and finite resources, where the decisions we make today affect what's left for tomorrow. She proposes a bold new way to see the world's economic systems: not as linear, but as circular, where everything comes around.
For two weeks now, the media has descended on the nursery – Dandelion Education – attended by two of my children, as it was judged the country’s best nursery at the 2017 Nursery World awards.This might have remained an obscure industry prize were it not for the fact that, unusually, Dandelion is an outdoor nursery and forest school.
From Spring 2018, The Hive will be offering accredited Forest School Training to practitioners looking for a thoroughly modern approach to Forest School. We will provide Levels 1 to 3 training, accredited through National Awarding Organisation CERTA, supplemented by six modules unique to The Hive.
A big Thank You to Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe for welcoming us in their wonderful urban woodlands!
An exciting new creative collaboration for our very own Argyris Angeli...
ANOSIS: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY DANCE INSTALLATION BY GEORGIA TEGOU, IN COLLABORATION WITH GESAMTELIER 9th & 11th November 2017 at 7.30 pm THE OLD TRUMAN BREWERY | JUJU'S BAR & STAGE 15 HANBURY STREET, LONDON E16QR, UK
A ritual of personal transformation, ‘Anosis’ explores three emotional states relating to water; the concepts of sinking, floating and flying.
The audience dives into a visual environment, tracking the dancer’s transition across the three states and utilizing the ‘model of affect’ as a roadmap. The circumplex model used in neuroscience proposes that all affective states arise from two fundamental neurophysiological systems, one related to pleasure and displeasure and the other to arousal and deactivation.
It's back! UrbanExplorer Smart Thinking for Kids! The mini conference, designed for curious kids aged 8-13 with parents, grandparents, or any equally inquisitive adult takes place on Sunday 5th November at the Royal Geographical Society.
Gever Tulley, the founder of The Tinkering School demonstrates the valuable lessons kids learn when given tools, materials and guidance. Their young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a roller coaster!
Risky play is thrilling and exciting play where children test their boundaries and flirt with uncertainty. They climb trees, build forts, roam the neighbourhood with friends or play capture the flag. Research shows such play is associated with increased physical activity, social skills, risk management skills, resilience and self-confidence. These findings make intuitive sense when you watch children at play.