"By keeping children away from complex, natural environments, from experiencing risk, from learning to play imaginatively we are not denying them the chance to develop fully –‐ to become autonomous and independent." David Bond
Spending time outdoors and experiencing the wonder of nature is
essential for children to learn about the natural world, writes David
Unveiling plans this week for a new National Curriculum, Education
Secretary Michael Gove has been criticised for introducing endless lists
of spelling, facts and rules, and sacrificing understanding for rote
learning. The Wildlife Trust claims Gove is proposing to remove teaching
about the natural environment from the curriculum.
Learning about the natural world helps children to connect to the
huge environmental issues that face us. If you don’t know about
something, it is very difficult to care about it.
But I would go a step further. Children should be encouraged to spend
more time learning about the natural world, but instead of doing this
in a classroom, I believe that the emphasis should be on children
experiencing the natural world first–‐hand. Click to continue reading article at Outdoor Nation
Sunday, 31 March 2013
The five snow-white petals of the blackthorn blossom, with a tiny splash of green and a circle of yellow tipped stamens, are the first blossom to be seen in the orchard. Well technically not in the orchard but on the boundary. A sure sign that Spring is here as we enter "Daylight Saving", the clocks "sprung" forward in the early hours of the morning and we now have the long light evenings to look forward to.
Saturday, 30 March 2013
What nicer way to spend a little time outdoors than to visit an orchard tea room?
A brisk walk around an orchard, followed by tea and cake by the warmth of a log burning stove.
Sounds like a good idea?
The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
(Just off the A47)