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School is a fabulous place to teach children the value of nature play and encourage them to get active. We're building a collection of school resources to bring your teaching into the great outdoors!

This place is a building site: A report on the introduction of loose materials onto three primary schools in North Lanarkshire

23 Jun 2013

This is a report of the work commissioned by North Lanarkshire Council's Learning and Leisure Services to support and develop ongoing work in three of its primary schools as part of the Natural Play Project. It is accompanied by a short video of the same name and their main purpose is both to in…

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Children's environmental learning and the use, design and management of school grounds

23 Jun 2013

This article examines school grounds as sites for play and environmental learning. It is based on a three-year project that involved 50 eight- to 10-year-old children at five Australian primary schools. Data collection occurred through multiple methods, including behavior mapping of children's p…

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The importance of green space for children - asthetic, athletic and academic

23 Jun 2013

There is a wide range of factors which directly and indirectly influence children's healthy development. One consistent message from different fields of expertise, including educators, psychologists, geographers, environmentalists and biologists, is that spending time in natural environments enh…

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School grounds as sites for learning: Making the most of environmental opportunities

23 Jun 2013

Drawing on the findings of an ARC funded project, 'Children's Environments and the Role of School Grounds for Enhancing Environmental Cognition', this paper explores the question: What is the role of school grounds as sites for teaching and learning? Observation and interview data for fi…

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Promoting natural outdoor learning environments

23 Jun 2013

Welcome to this special fact sheet dedicated to providing practical information about creating natural play environments. We know that current research indicates that there are overwhelming benefits for children when they are able to have free play in a natural environment. Children experience risk…

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