Time is a tricky old thing. It passes in the flash of an eye yet can plod on forever. It can be hard to comprehend just how long ago the stone age was, or when the Vikings came to Scotland. To many children, World War 2 is an unfeasibly long time ago and there really isn’t much difference between that or the Romans. Both were just long, long ago.
The learning space has been critically considered for over 100 years. Yet, we often hear from teachers who say they can’t teach outdoors due to their “concrete jungle”. Most schools I worked in were dominated by their concrete playground. Did this stop me heading outdoors? Of course not! Did it mean I had to think a little more? Yes. Did it mean I had to overcome my previously held thoughts and feelings? Absolutely.
Teaching outdoors can be daunting if you have a challenging class or if you are just not used to it. When I had a challenging class, the change in environment would often see a change in behaviours. Children want to be outdoors and enjoy the change in lessons, and this can improve behaviour. However, there are a few strategies you can use to help you
There have been stories of green men told for centuries and across many countries. Whilst he can mean different things to different people, he often represents an environmental guardian and keeper of the forest. As teachers, we have a responsibility to teach sustainability. The green man can be a useful cross curricular tool in exploring this.