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Children Learning Outside the Classroom

Children Learning Outside the Classroom
From Birth to Eleven

Second Edition
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February 2017 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The new edition of this bestselling textbook continues to help students and professionals understand the importance of getting children learning outside the traditional classroom, and is packed full of creative information and ideas for teachers and practitioners to incorporate outdoor activities throughout the school curriculum.

Significantly revised and updated the second edition now includes 7 brand new chapters on:

  • Methods of assessment and evaluation
  • Global perspectives on outdoor learning
  • Developing whole school approaches to indoor and outdoor teaching
  • Technology and its role outside the classroom
  • Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and learning outdoors
  • Forest School
  • The environmental sector and outdoor learning

Whether you're training to become a teacher, or already working in the classroom, this book demonstrates how the outdoor environment is enriching learning opportunities for children and deepening their connections with the natural world.

NOW FEATURING! Online resources that include free SAGE journal articles, weblinks, annotated further readings and video to help translate theory into real life practice.

Sue Waite will be discussing key ideas from Children Learning Outside the Classroom: From Birth to Eleven in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie. To sign up, or for more information,

Sue Waite
Sue Waite and Nick Pratt
1. Theoretical Perspectives on Learning Outside the Classroom – Relationships Between Learning and Place
Sue Waite, Orlando Rutter and Adrian Fowle
2. Methods of Assessment and Evaluation for Learning Outside the Classroom
David Gurnett and David Weatherly
3. What is the change? Evaluating the Moorland Classroom’s Effect on Children
Peter Bensten, Susanno Ho, Tonia Gray and Sue Waite
4. A Global View of Learning Outside the Classroom
Valerie Huggins and Karen Wickett
5. Very Young Children Learning Outdoors: Its Place in the Schooling System
Simon Beames, Beth Christie and Ian Blackwell
6. Developing Whole School Approaches to Integrated Indoor / Outdoor Teaching
Sue Rogers, Sue Waite and Julie Evans
7. Outdoor Pedagogies in Support of Transition from Foundation Stage to Year 1
Miles Opie, Keith Ansell and Emma Goto
8. Technology and its Role Outside the Classroom
Roger Hooper
9. Special Educational Needs and Disability and Learning Outside the Classroom
Howard Cotton
10. English, Communication and Language and Language Outside the Classroom
Nick Pratt
11. Understanding Mathematics Outside the Classroom
Beth Gompertz and Kelly Davis
12. Science and Technology Outside the Classroom: Embedding Learning Outside the Classroom into the Science National Curriculum
James Bettany, Roger Cutting and Orla Kelly
13. Understanding Places and People Through History and Geography Outside the Classroom
Lesley Cusworth
14. The Arts
Michelle Roberts and Debbie Lambert
15. Physical Development, Health and Well-Being: the role of Physical Education
Chris Loynes
16. The Renaissance of Residential Experiences: their Contribution to Outdoor Learning
Mel McCree and Jon Cree
17. Forest School: Core Principles in Changing Times
Abigail Page, Myles Bremner and Rowena Passy
18. School Gardens and the School Food Plan: Contributing to a Culture of Healthy Living
Beth Brook
19. How the Outdoor Environmental Sector can Support Schools
Sue Waite
20. Making a Difference: Learning on a Grand Scale


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Journal Articles
Annotated Further Readings

A wide ranging book taking a variety of perspectives. This is a great text to challenge students at level 6/7.

Mrs Victoria Brown
Primary Education Dept, University of St Mark And St John
July 25, 2019

New module that includes lots on outdoor play and the environment to compare to international perspectives of play in the curriculum

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
June 27, 2018

Strong focus on promoting the outdoor environment and all it offers. Sue Waite demonstrates her enthusiasm by guiding us through the nature of outdoor learning and the benefits to us all. The wealth of information from respected individuals, leads us on a journey of discovery, that even the most die hard traditionalists would be hard pressed to question. Having links to research, that I possibly would not of known about, has been valuable in my quest to encourage practitioners to embrace the outdoor environment and all the magic it holds.

Ms lisa oneill
Education, City College Norwich
December 12, 2017

A good book with a combination of theory, case studies and practical ideas to keep you reflecting on practice.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Early Years, Farnborough College of Technology
April 3, 2017

Links well to course content

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
August 31, 2017

An inspiring collection from many experts in the field. An excellent reference for anyone developing outdoor provision for children. Wonderful!

Ms Caroline Brooks
Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
August 23, 2017