Natural Thinkers is a programme that supports teachers and practitioners in connecting children with nature, through practical activities that are inspiring and motivating.
Through embedding the principles and aims of the programme childrens achievement from Early Years to Year 6 has risen and health and wellbeing increased. Central to the Natural Thinkers programme are 10 commmitments. These give a structure for teachers and practitioners to follow, enabling areas of the curriculum to be accessed.
Now more than ever children need to be outside!
Natural Thinkers are very busy working behind the scenes! See below what we're up to:
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Natural Thinkers during lockdown
During this uncertain time, we have been thinking even more about the power of nature and its ability to support our well-being. From speaking with friends, colleagues and our local communities we have been hearing some lovely examples of how they have been finding nature a source of calm in their lives.
For some, they have been able to access green spaces in our local communities, for others they have had to access nature from inside their homes. See our 'Nature Indoors' document on our resources page for some examples of this.
Natural Thinkers have also been testing some ideas with our own children for our LEAP parents that can be done inside and outside. You can find a scavenger hunt activity and instructions on how to make your own natural paint on our resources page.
We would love to hear from you about what you have been up to, so please do get in contact:
Natural Thinkers working with Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP)
The Natural Thinkers programme has been developed for use for the under 3’s. It has been introduced into the LEAP settings with a focus on developing the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS);
Please note delivery of training courses has been updated since the making of this film.