Category Archives: Projects

On the Wildness of Children

There is some dawning awareness these days of the insanity of raising children almost entirely indoors….. A thought provoking essay by Carol Black, writer, filmmaker and director of the documentary film Schooling the World. Read On the Wildness of Children … Continue reading

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School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten

No classroom for these school children: this documentary film takes us to a forest kindergarten in Switzerland where children age 4 to 7 spend every day outside in the forest. This is a thought-provoking film about public education in early … Continue reading

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Risky Play and “The Overprotected Kid”

“The Overprotected Kid” “A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.” This is the title of a thought-provoking article by Hanna Rosin … Continue reading

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Growing Schools Web Site Resources

The Growing Schools initiative aims to give all children the opportunity to connect with the living environment, whether it is an inner city window box or a vast country estate, a school vegetable plot or a natural woodland. Interacting with … Continue reading

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50 Things to do Before You’re 11 ¾

50 Things to do Before You’re 11 ¾ is an initiative from the National Trust, designed to help re-connect children with nature. It follows on from their report entitled Natural Childhood which found that more and more children are becoming … Continue reading

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Launch of the Wild Thing Project

The Wild Thing Project has grown out of the report Natural Childhood originally commissioned by the National Trust.  The Trust and other founding organisations behind the project  have recognised that to make any real difference to the disconnection between children … Continue reading

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Beachwatch – Marine Conservation Society

Beachwatch is a coastal environment initiative of the Marine Conservation Society, supporting individuals, groups and communities caring for the UK shoreline. Beachwatch Big Weekend is our annual flagship event, now in its 19th year, when thousands of volunteers get involved in … Continue reading

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Forests for the Future – Education Resource

The Forests for the Future Education Resource provides a wide range of free downloadable lesson plans, resources and materials aimed at KS2-3: Forests for the Future is designed for upper Primary learners of 10-12 years, in England and Scotland, to explore … Continue reading

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WW1 Centenary Battlefields Tour Programme – DfE Funded

The Institute of Education and STS School Travel Service are delighted to announce that they have been selected to run the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Project on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for … Continue reading

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Wild About Plants – Bee Scene May Newsletter

Recent news from the Wild About Plants Team at Plantlife, the national charity for the conservation of wild plants: With the warmer weather coming (at last) we hope that you and your pupils are looking forward to the last term … Continue reading

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