Teaching Resources

Outdoor Learning

  • Bear Grylls Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781786960597
    BGRL 7 years +
    7 years +
    (1)
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    Chief scout, survivalist and adventurer extraordinaire Bear Grylls provides field guides for children who love the great outdoors in this eight-book collection.

    Fully illustrated, these guides showcase the essential skills children will need when it comes to camping, knots, danger and emergencies, tracking, maps and navigation, hiking and shelter building and first aid.

    Bear also provides a number of fun facts and explains (in step-by-step fashion) how to avoid dangerous creatures, gather food and keep warm.

    Format: paperback
  • AAGZT 7 years +
    Fiona Danks
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £13.59
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    'Utterly joyful!and full of fun', said The Countryman of Nature's Playground. Following that book's success the authors have written a second book that encourages children to enjoy and learn from the natural world through fun - this time for slightly older children. Go Wild describes a range of outdoor adventures for families to share, including foraging for wild food, the magical excitement of making fires, cooking over the hot coals and making your own shelter. For eight-year-olds through to young teenagers there are tempting alternatives to computers and hanging out: brilliant ideas for having fun that will also help them to learn new skills and give them independence and confidence. From making a catapult to catching crayfish, creating fire without matches to constructing a tepee, Go Wild is all about thrilling activities, amazing discoveries and kids having the time of their lives in the great outdoors. The authors, Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, have produced some outdoor activity sheets in conjuction with the Cub and Scout Naturalist Activity Badge, sponsered by Natural England. To view these acitivity sheets, click here. For more information on Natural England, click the logo on the left.
  • ADVNQ
    Fiona Danks
    (1)
    • £7.99
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    The stick is a universal toy. Totally natural, all-purpose, free, it offers limitless opportunities for outdoor play and adventure and it provides a starting point for an active imagination and the raw material for transformation into almost anything! As New York's Strong National Museum of Play pointd out when they selected a stick for inclusion in their National Toy Hall of Fame, 'It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight's sword, a boat on a stream, or a slingshot with a rubber band ...' In this book Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield offer masses of suggestions for things to do with a stick, in the way of adventures and bushcraft, creative and imaginative play, games, woodcraft and conservation, music and more.
  • AWJKS
    • £23.99
    Outdoor learning continues to play an essential role in early years education, and this new edition of a bestselling book explores how the Forest School approach can be easily and effectively incorporated into early years practice. Expanding on aspects of Forest School teaching, and drawing on new developments and policy changes within the field, this new edition also includes: - a new chapter on working with parents - greater coverage of the 0-2 age range - new case studies to aid learning - coverage of international approaches to Forest School Yet again Sara Knight delivers an inspirational text for all those working in or studying early years education and care. Sara Knight is an experienced early years educator and Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools For All and Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play (both published by SAGE).
  • AWJKT
    Sara Knight
    • £25.99
    How can you use the Forest School ethos for the benefit of all your students? Forest School is now being used with a wide range of different age groups and in many different settings, and it can address issues such as obesity, public health and social wellbeing. This book includes case studies that will help to demonstrate how to run Forest School sessions with: - children in older primary classes - secondary schools - children in urban environments - special schools - young people in residential homes - school refusers - young people who have been excluded - adults with autistic-spectrum disorders - family centres. Anyone interested in how to implement the Forest School ethos in their learning environment will be enthused and inspired by this book. Sara Knight is an experienced early years educator and Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years and Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play (both published by SAGE).
  • WDWB 7 years +
    Fiona Danks
    7 years +
    • £3.99
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    Bestselling authors of Book People favourite, the fantastic Stick Book, Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield are back with another fantastic guide that will encourage children to get outside, make the most of nature, and have an adventure, no matter what the weather.

    72 brilliantly imaginative suggestions for things to do in bad weather - from Rainy Adventures (swimming in the rain) to Getting Creative (making an igloo) and Games (slip and slide or watermelon rugby, anyone?) to Experiments (like rain traps and making boats) and Just Having Fun (if you've never tried rain dancing, now's your chance)! The inspiration is seemingly endless in this imaginative book and the fun to be had certainly is! So get the kids to grab their coats and start embracing those wet, windy and snowy days.
  • AAHAM 5 years +
    Mike Unwin
    5 years +
    • £5.59
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    A beautiful picture book about garden birds that will appeal to families with young children.

    Rachel Lockwood's wonderful illustrations will delight children aged 2-7 years old, and will help them to discover and identify the most common birds in their everyday surroundings

    Each bird is introduced on a right-hand page in an illustration where it is partly obscured or turned away from the viewer.
  • AWJDI
    • £19.99
    This book explains what 'Forest School' really means and combines theory with practice on the importance of play and risk. It is an invaluable training manual for those studying to be a Forest School leader or practitioner and includes case studies from professionals.
  • AQFBW
    Kirstine Beeley
    • £9.99
    The 50 Fantastic Things series is a no nonsense, ideas bank ...no frills, just 50 examples of great ideas already in practice! Ideal for the busy practitioner they offer a 'dip in' approach to accessing ideas that they may not have thought of. Simple inspiring ideas is just what they need to reignite their enthusiasm.
  • FTGD
    Frances Tophill
    • £3.99
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    Perfect for those who have moved into a home with outdoor space, First-time Gardener: How to Plan, Plant & Enjoy Your Garden is a fuss-free, practical guide to gardening.

    Written by horticulturalist Frances Tophill, this book begins with advice on getting to know your garden and the essentials you'll need to know - like the soil you have and what the drainage and light is like - before then helping you decide on whether you want a vegetable patch, an abundance of flowers or an indoor living space.

    Frances also gives her advice on how to source and care for a number of different plants and there's even a section on aftercare.
  • NTFT 6 years +
    6 years +
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    Eat an apple from a tree... make a daisy chain... go on a walk barefoot... 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4 is an illustrated adventure handbook full of National Trust-inspired activities that provide fun throughout the year.

    Inspired by the Trust's #50Things media campaign and with bite-sized text and artwork from Skulduggery Pleasant illustrator Tom Percival, the book has an eye-catching design and is also part-scrapbook/part-field guide. It will help children get closer to nature and has plenty of facts for them to pore over.

    There are also checklists to tick off and the book has plenty of space for notes, photos, leaves, doodles and more. There is even a selection of rainy day activities.
  • Green Guides Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781472933911
    GRGU
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    Anyone who loves getting outdoors will find these little guides to be essential companions on their next adventure.

    Covering wild flowers, trees, butterflies and garden wildlife, the books provide concise descriptions of their subjects which include information on their appearances, habitats and much more. There are also beautiful illustrations of over 150 species in each book.

    Ideal for beginners and amateur naturalists alike, the Green Guides come in a pocket size.
  • CWLG
    Chris Baines
    • £6.99
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    A classic book that has been fully revised, updated and freshly illustrated, The RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening shows just how much of an important part wildlife plays in any garden.

    Relying on RHS research and best practice, it provides information on everything from using pesticides to planting for birds and the idea of habitat creation.

    It looks at how much importance gardeners should put on wildlife when they make their decisions and will even show you how to attract and sustain butterflies.
  • AQFBX
    Kirstine Beeley
    • £9.99
    Outdoor learning is not just about taking what we do indoors and moving it out through the door of our setting. It involves equipment and experiences which are both unique and exciting. When planning for maths provision practitioners need to make sure they offer access to these amazing opportunities for learning and integrate them into children's ongoing play and exploration of their natural world. Designed to be used as a dip in dip out collection of easy to use ideas the author has tried to show how exciting outdoor learning can be developed on even the very smallest of budgets. As with all areas of early learning the author acknowledges the way that maths is integrated within play based exploration and linked to many other areas of learning. Offering ways to develop your existing provision as well as building new resources you will enjoy exploring all areas of early maths including number, pattern,shape and measuring.
  • APVFZ 5 years +
    Annalees Lim
    5 years +
    • £12.99
    This nature-based craft book will have you making a range of unique - and useful - homemade creations. Funky fridge magnets, beautiful butterfly bunting, photo frames and more are included in this brilliant step-by-step book. Part of a series of six titles, Craft Attack is aimed at modern kids with a style to match. The instructions are easy to follow and positively encourage experimentation and customisation.
  • ADSNE
    Mick Manning
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    A guide to child-led family activities centred on nature rambles in different habitats - park, seaside, woodland, moorland, river and lake etc - through the seasons. Spreads comprise large colourful identification illustrations complemented by activities and facts. Activities include identifying common European species of insects, plants, mammals and birds, looking for tracks, feathers, droppings, making plastercasts of tracks, and collecting and displaying seeds, leaves and fruit and nuts.
  • CT0713 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Roll up, roll up... throw the bean bags and knock down the tin cans. Add the numbers on the cans up to see who reigns victorious with this traditional, fun-filled game for the whole family.

    There are three bean bags for contestants to throw and 10 perfectly safe tin cans for you to try and knock over. This is a great activity for the whole family to play on sports days and at garden parties and picnics.

    Ages 3 plus

    Box dimensions: 450 x 195mm

    Contents: 3 soft bean bags, 10 'real' tin cans.
  • CT0714 3 years +
    3 years +
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    The whole family can test their strength with a traditional game of Tug of War!

    This box includes a strong rope for six people to battle it out over, a chunky chalk and even a red sash to put down on the floor.

    Tug of War is a great activity for the whole family to play and is ideal for sports days, garden parties and picnics in the park.

    Ages 3 plus

    Box dimensions: 295 x 300mm
    Contents: Six-person rope, one chunky chalk, sash marker
  • CT0715 3 years +
    3 years +
    (1)
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    On your marks, get set... GO!

    This big box of fun will keep the whole family entertained and racing for the prize over the summer months.

    All presented in eye-catching colours, the set includes sacks, wooden spoons and 'eggs', three-legged race ties and chalks to help you keep score. It will bring even more enjoyment to summer sports days, garden parties and picnics.

    Ages 3 plus

    Box dimensions: 270 x 320mm

    Contents: 3 chunky chalks, 6 egg & spoon race sets, 4 printed sacks, 4 three-legged race ties
  • AMDSI
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    Calling all nature explorers to go outside with the Gruffalo! Don't forget to take this springtime sticker activity book with you and keep your eyes peeled. Learn all about nature with this colourful spotters' guide, packed with fun, spring-themed outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers - a brilliant book for all the family. This handily sized activity book is suitable for even the youngest nature lovers and Gruffalo fans, and is full of great activities that are based around seeing and engaging with nature and the outside world. It's about stopping, seeing, listening and collecting in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the curriculum.
  • AOHFE
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    Calling all nature explorers to go outside with the Gruffalo this summer! Learn all about nature with this colourful spotter's guide, packed with fun outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers - a brilliant book for all the family. Gruffalo Explorer: The Gruffalo Summer Nature Trail is a handily sized activity book that is suitable for even the youngest nature lovers and fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved character, and is full of great activities that are based around engaging with nature and the outside world. It's about stopping, seeing, listening and collecting in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the curriculum for Years 4 and 5. Look out for other seasonal Gruffalo Explorer titles!
  • AOKQA
    Julia Donaldson
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    Learn all about nature with this colourful spotters' guide, packed with fun, autumn-themed outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers - a brilliant book for all the family. This handily sized activity book is suitable for even the youngest nature lovers and fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved character, and is full of great activities that are based around seeing and engaging with nature and the outside world. This fun autumn sticker activity book is about stopping, seeing, listening and collecting in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the curriculum.
  • APJDW
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    Calling all nature explorers to go outside with the Gruffalo! Don't forget to take this wintertime sticker activity book with you and keep your eyes peeled. Learn all about nature with this colourful spotters' guide, packed with fun, winter-themed indoor and outdoor activities and hundreds of stickers - a brilliant book for all the family. This handily sized activity book is suitable for even the youngest nature lovers and Gruffalo fans, and is full of great activities that are based around seeing and engaging with nature and the outside world. It's about stopping, seeing, listening and collecting in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the curriculum.
  • AMDGI
    Marina Robb
    • £17.89
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    Learning with Nature is full of fun activities and games to get your children outdoors, to explore, have fun, make things and learn about nature and help them grow up happy and healthy. Suitable for groups of children aged between 3 and 16, the graded activities help children develop: * Key practical and social skills * Awareness of their place in the world * Respect for the natural world all while enjoying the great outdoors. Written by experienced Forest School practitioners, using tried and tested games and activities, it provides comprehensive information for enriching childrens' learning through nature. The games and activities are clearly categorized, with step-by-step instructions, age guide, a list of resources needed, and invisible learning points. This book is a unique must-have resource for families, schools, youth groups and anyone working with children.