We have been accrediting and re-accrediting settings!

During the pandemic over the last year the Natural Thinkers team in London have missed being able to visit schools and nurseries to see outdoor education in action, which is normally a routine part of their work. 

Now that settings are cautiously and carefully re-opening to some external visitors, Natural Thinkers leads Jo and Jacqui have been able to visit them again.

 

We are very glad to say that from these visits Hitherfield Primary School Nursery in Lambeth has been accredited. Clare O' Malley at Hitherfield has just completed her training through LEAP and has been busy implementing her learning.

We are also very happy to have re-accredited Pembury House Nursery and Children's Centre in Haringey. 

 

This is the first setting to which we have been able to reissue accreditation and so we are pleased with Pembury House's continued commitment to Natural Thinkers!

Watch our webinar here: Reconnecting Children to Nature

As part of LEAP's Knowledge Makes Change webinar series, on 17th March Natural Thinkers put on an informative and inspiring webinar which you can view below. The speakers included two of our founders, community and childcare leaders, and Judy Ling Wong, activitist and honourary president of the Black Environment Network.
Thank you to all our speakers, some of which could not be included in the final video of the webinar due to data-sharing concerns. We can't wait to share more about Natural Thinkers soon.

Presentations to download from the webinar

Slides from our webinar
This slide deck outlines some of the principles of the Natural Thinkers programme. This formed part of our Webinar which took place in March 2021
Natural Thinkers Webinar 2021.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [690.9 KB]
Heathbrook Primary presentation
Heathbrook Primary is our lead school for Natural Thinkers. This presentation contains some wonderful photos of Natural Thinkers in action including using diverse resources!
Heathbrook Primary School presentation.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [2.9 MB]
Max Roach Webinar presentation
Candice James, manager of Max Roach/Loughborough Community Centre is another friend of Natural Thinkers. Here is her presentation about using Natural Thinkers and outdoor spaces in a community context!
Max Roach Webinar presentation.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.3 MB]
Presentation from Judy Ling Wong
Judy Ling Wong CBE is a friend and champion of Natural Thinkers. Here is her presentation about 'Outfoor learning as a community strategy'.
Judy Ling Wong presentation.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.0 MB]

Babies as scientists

Use the 'Get Outside' App from Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey have an app called Get Outside which can inspire you with ideas for activities, from the simple such as going on a bug hunt, to the more adventurous such as ideas for where to go biking or climbing. Take a look here to explore ideas on their website or download the app! https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/app/ 

 

 

Sunflower Challenge

Order your free set of sunflower seeds to take part in Together TV's Sunflower Challenge. They aim to get 100,000 people across the UK growing sunflowers. Could you do this at home, or in the nursery or school in which you work? Find out here: Together TV Sunflower Challenge website

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