Learning Outside the Classroom

Inspiration Rover project encouraging children into the world of STEM

Children doing a STEM experiment

Twelve young people recently enjoyed a day at Leicester’s award-winning National Space Centre, celebrating their STEM achievements as part of educational outreach project Inspiration Rover.

The project, which was led by mature student Henry Bennett from the University of Derby with support from fellow undergraduates, academics and alumni, saw the young people involved help develop a scale model of the Mars Science Laboratory Rover using a design from NASA Jet Propulsion Labs.

Only a third of parents feel confident helping their children with homework

Stressed parent helping her daughter with her homework

Only a third (33%)of parents feel confident helping their child with homework, according to new research by Oxford Home Schooling.

The study, carried out by the home education provider, looked into parents’ attitudes towards their children’s homework, and tested their knowledge with some typical Year 3 homework questions, written in collaboration with primary school teacher, Victoria Humphreys.

Of 1,000 parents surveyed, just one in sixteen (6%) managed to answer all three of the homework questions correctly, which were taken from the Key Stage Two syllabuses for English, maths and science. 

93% of UK Parents Believe Toddlers Are Spending Too Much Time In Front Of Screens

Toddlers playing outside

A recent study has revealed that 93% of parents, of children aged 2-5 years old, believe toddlers of this age group are spending too much time in front of electronic devices.

The data, by Kiddi Caru, also shows that 60% of this group have given their toddlers a tablet, with over half (57%) being just 3 years old and under.

When asked what their child uses the devices for, TV shows came out on top with 79% of toddlers using screens to watch their favourite shows. 59% use the devices to play games, the same number who use them for educational apps, and 50% for watching films.

Why autistic children love the great outdoors

Autistic children playing outdoors
By Michelle Beekharry, Head of Physical Education at TreeHouse School, London

As a child, I loved the outdoors and spent a lot of my childhood playing in the garden, walking in the woods and throwing pebbles in the sea. My love of being outdoors is part of the reason I chose to become a physical education teacher and currently I work at a special school for autistic children aged between three and 19 years. I firmly believe that whatever their ability or disability, all children should spend part of their day being involved in some form of physical activity.

UK's Largest Childcare Charity Calls for ALL Nursery Children to Receive Minimum Two Hours Outdoor Learning Per Day

Nursery Children Outdoor Learning

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), the UK's largest childcare charity and social enterprise, is spearheading a new initiative across its 37 nurseries to get children learning in outdoor garden spaces to reinforce the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development whilst helping boost vitamin D levels.

At a time when there is so much focus on academic attainment and staying indoors, LEYF is now calling for outdoor learning to be a crucial component of every child’s nursery education – with a minimum of two hours learning outside per day (regardless of the weather).

Prepare to be amazed with the Science of Magic this February Half Term at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Prepare to be amazed with the Science of Magic this February Half Term at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Families will be held spellbound at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium this February half term as the team explores the Science of Magic, from Friday 15 – Monday 25 February.

World Jumping UK introduce Flexi-Bounce Therapy 

Children jumping on trampoline

Most teachers and care staff who provide Rebound Therapy, know of the benefits and would like to be able to provide it on a daily basis. 

Currently, a common issue for many special needs schools and centres is that they can only provide Rebound Therapy sessions once or twice a week due to their number of students and only having one or two full sized trampolines. And during holiday times, sessions stop altogether. Some schools and centres are not able to provide Rebound Therapy at all because they do not have the budget or space for a full sized trampoline.

Learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum 

Children learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum 

Ravenglass Railway Museum is a great place for a school visit. There are many opportunities for learning from the museum, the railway, the site and the community it serves. 

Located in West Cumbria, the Museum tells the story of the historic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway which opened in 1875 and still carries 100,000 passengers every year behind beautifully preserved steam locomotives. The museum offers an extensive archive and exhibits that share the history of the line and allows visitors to get up close to the locomotives and coaches. 

The Accessible Adventure Experience you won’t find anywhere else

Accessible Adventure Experience

Calvert Trust Exmoor enables people with all types of disabilities, and their families and friends, to experience exciting, challenging and enjoyable activity adventures in a safe, accessible and inclusive setting. Activities on offer include sailing, horse riding, wheelchair abseiling, accessible cycling, archery, and a fantastic accessible low ropes course.

Many visitors return to Calvert Trust Exmoor time and again for the unique experience it provides them. But what is it that makes this place so special?

Learning in the Great Outdoors

Children learning in the Great Outdoors

Being outside is good for all of us. However, the great outdoors provides an expanse of learning opportunities that are particularly significant for those in pre-school, Reception and Year 1.

In recent years, study after study has highlighted the growing amount of time young children spend in front of screens and the correlating diminishing time spent outside. Society has changed. More of us work in offices Monday to Friday, few of us work outdoors and many of us only see our children in the evenings and at weekends. These days, kicking a ball around a field or collecting leaves in Autumn has a lot to compete with. Computer games, Youtube and on demand children’s TV often consume our children’s entire attention.