A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

June 7, 2014
by Jean

FDLT Y1 exploring learning outdoors!

This week each FDLT Y1 group spent a day at an outdoor location to explore the potential for learning outside the classroom. The Oadby and UN groups visited Newton Field Centre near Kettering and the MK group visited Green Park near Aylesbury.

Oadby Y1 2014

Oadby Y1 2014


On Monday the Oadby group were lucky to have warm and sunny weather for their day at the Field Centre. Have a look on the Oadby Y1 1014 page for more details.

On Wednesday the UN group arrived amidst pouring rain but we did the river geography activities regardless! More details on the the Oadby Y1 2014 page of this blog.


UN Y1 4th June 2014

The MK Y1 group went to Green park, Aylesbury for their outdoor experience.

MK Y1 June 5th 2014

MK Y1 June 5th 201

To follow up the experience I have made a ThingLink for students to explore. This poses some key questions and recommends some useful reading and websites.

Click here to access it:




March 5, 2014
by Jean

We are showing Project Wild Thing!

Have you heard or read about the film by David Bond called ‘Project Wild Thing’?





You can read more about Project Wild Thing on the website where it is explained that “Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature. ”

If you are involved in or interested in outdoor learning this film and the discussion around it is relevant to you.

On Tuesday March 25th 2014 the Early Years Partnership are showing the film in Holdenby Lecture  Theatre 1, Park Campus at 6pm. Refreshements available from 5.30pm.

To book a place email earlyinspirations@northampton.ac.uk or ring 01604 893606.

November 1, 2013
by Jean

Learning outside

Over the last few years the importance of giving children learning opportunities outside has become increasingly highlighted. There is a post on this blog made in July that refers to this aspect of learning. In Northamptonshire there are a number of places and organisations seeking to provide learning that focuses on being outside.

The blog for Children and Nature Network Northampton shares activities and ideas – you can follow and subscribe to this blog to receive regular updates of ideas and share your own ideas and photographs.

Eco Kids also organise and promote opportunities for learning – the Abington Park Outdoor Classroom Project has been developing a wide range of activities for families and schools such as a Wild Food Survey, tree identification trails using QR codes, nature workshops for children and supporting resources to use. You can explore their website for other information, projects and resources based around the environment and nature.

Delapre Abbey is another great Northampton location where the outdoors is used to learn and play. You can explore the various activities offered here – Friends of Delapre Abbey

Further afield Newton Field Centre is often used for visits to explore science, geography, art and other areas of the school curriculum as well as a base for family learning and other activities. The website for  Newton Field Centre gives you contact details and other information.

Finally you may be aware of the recent report published by the RSPB ‘State of Nature’ that explored the significance of the education of children and young people for the future of conservation and nature.

Many of you will be visiting outdoor locations and participating or leading activities and events with your schools and families – my examples are from Northamptonshire but you will be aware of places around Leciester and MK. Let me know about these places and events so I can share them with the group.

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