The learning resource aims to support the wonderful ideas predicated on ‘The Lost Words’ book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.
Led by Pavla Boulton, Senior Lecturer for the University of South Wales, students worked together to collate and develop their ideas for teaching children in the outdoors, based on a thematic approach, which support areas of learning within the current Foundation Phase in Wales.
Additionally, the holistic nature of the resource fits well with the proposed changes to the curriculum in a Curriculum for Wales.
Natural Resources Wales worked together with the University to create a Welsh language version of the resource.
Pavla explained how she and the students developed the resource:
“I am fascinated by the ways that children engage with the natural environment and believe that connecting with nature is critical for human health and wellbeing. Outdoor Learning is a key area of my teaching and I love to share my passions and ideas for teaching children with the students.
The students’ intentions for the toolkit were to encourage practitioners to inspire children to reconnect with nature, get outside into our natural environment and begin to learn to care for it, becoming stewards of our beautiful planet before it’s too late and nature as we know it is lost! We hope that it offers inspiring ideas that can be carried out with your early years’ children and that their passion for nature and all that it brings to enrich our lives can be embraced through these learning opportunities.
We have been very honoured to have gained permissions to use a selection of the images from ‘The Lost Words’ to support the toolkit and they make a wonderful connection with the book”.