Hello there!  My name is Jane and until recently I worked as an Early Years and KS1 teacher in a small Lincolnshire school.  I’ve always particularly enjoyed science teaching and learning, and recently took on a new role as a ‘Professional Development Leader’ for CIEC at York University.  I lead continuing professional development experiences for teachers in all aspects of primary science but my particular loves are Early Years and the Outside Classroom.

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Is there anything in the classroom as captivating as this?

I was expecting about 20 delegates to attend a work shop that I was running at a recent conference, but when over a hundred people turned up (and we had to be hastily moved to a much larger room), I realised that there were lots of people like me who believe in the importance of going outside with children more often.  I also realised that they are facing many of the challenges that I have faced and so the idea for this blog was born!

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Participants working together to build a den on a recent course.

I must point out that most of the ideas that I plan to share are not mine!  Like all good teachers I have spent most of my career stealing magpieing ideas from others.   Nevertheless, these are all techniques and activities that I do know work because I have used them with my own class!


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