The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7: A Month-By-Month Guide to Forest School Provision

The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7: A Month-By-Month Guide to Forest School Provision

by Karen Constable


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The outdoor environment is an integral part of many early years settings and schools, but is it being used to its full potential?

The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7 offers guidance on how the outdoors can be used to teach and challenge children across a range of settings by drawing on forest school practice. Following a month-by-month format, it explores theme-related play experiences, planning, evaluations of how the ideas described were carried out and what impact they had on children's learning and development.

This fully updated second edition includes:

  • over 150 new full-colour photographs to illustrate practice
  • activities and objectives for both early years and KS1, including links to indoor play
  • discussion and support for those working with children with special educational needs
  • detailed information on the role of the adult and of the environment
  • sections covering health and safety guidelines and specific risk assessment in all chapters

Written by a leading authority on forest school practice, this book aims to inspire and help practitioners make the most of the outdoor environment all year round.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138310100
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/11/2018
Edition description: New
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Karen Constable is an experienced early years teacher, having worked for over twenty years in nursery and school settings. Specialising in how children learn, and using the outdoor environment, Karen has worked across schools in Somerset supporting teachers and students to improve children’s learning in the outdoors. She is currently a reception class teacher and early years leader, working with children ranging from two to five years at St John and St Francis Church School in Somerset.

Table of Contents


1. September

2. October

3. November

4. December

5. January

6. February

7. March

8. April

9. May

10. June

11. July

12. August

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