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Early studying, English and the setting

Early studying, English and the setting


In recent times, caring for our planet and setting has change into extra essential than ever and at Cambridge, we’re dedicated to encouraging learners to take care of the world round them. We’re additionally discovering methods to advertise well-being in our younger learners, and a technique to do that is by fostering a love of nature from an early age. This weblog explains the advantages of nature-based studying, supplying you with enjoyable sensible concepts on including nature-based studying to your kindergarten classes.  

Why nature-based training? 

There are various advantages of studying in and about nature for Younger Learners:


  • it provides genuine alternatives for discovery, creativity and problem-solving.
  • learners could be “mini-scientists”, exploring the sights, sounds, scents and textures of the outside. 


  • the calming results of nature are linked to a discount in anxiousness and ADHD signs.
  • the change of tempo from the classroom helps focus and permits different types of self-expression. 


  • various kinds of actions facilitate interactions between kids.
  • kids decelerate to watch pure issues and develop empathy. 


  • out of doors play and motion contribute to total health. 
  • learners take pleasure in the advantages of contemporary air and daylight.


  • it fosters kids’s sense of duty and love of nature.
  • it will increase their understanding of how the world works.

Nature-based training in motion

Forest Colleges are an academic initiative that goals to convey the advantages of being in nature to kids’s studying. Forest colleges grew out of an thought, which originated in Scandinavia, that kids’s contact with nature is essential. These colleges first appeared in international locations similar to Denmark within the Nineteen Fifties and broadly talking, the options of a forest faculty are: a ‘wild’ woodland setting; a excessive ratio of adults to pupils; studying could be linked to the nationwide curriculum; freedom to discover utilizing a number of senses; accommodating completely different studying kinds. 

Typical forest faculty actions:  

  • creating and making issues 
  • constructing shelters 
  • planting timber and vegetation 
  • nature initiatives 
  • observing creatures of their pure habitat 

Analysis into forest colleges in England and Wales recognized that kids skilled the next advantages: 

  • Confidence: kids had the liberty and house to study and exhibit independence. 
  • Social abilities: kids gained elevated consciousness of the impression of their actions on others by workforce actions and participation in video games and play. 
  • Communication: language improvement was prompted by the kids’s sensory experiences. 
  • Motivation: the woodland setting tends to fascinate kids and might encourage participation and assist focus. 
  • Bodily abilities: out of doors actions assist develop bodily stamina and motor abilities. 
  • Information and understanding: kids developed an curiosity of their pure environment and respect for the setting.

Our Cambridge method to nature-based studying 

We’ve taken the Forest Faculty idea and used it as inspiration for an exercise e-book within the 2nd version of our much-loved Pre-Main course, Greenman and the Magic Forest

Greenman and the Magic Forest nurtures kids as they develop and study a brand new language, by serving to to develop assured social interactions and a caring method to nature. 

Complete-child method 

  • Builds optimistic attitudes to studying by routines and supportive instructing 
  • Focuses on well-being by self-reflection and affirmations 


  • Options stunning woodland settings and vibrant illustrations 
  • Cross-curricular classes and environmental themes 


  • Consists of enchanting, partaking tales with beloved characters 
  • Encourages kids to interact with and discover their very own environment 

Our model new Greenman 2nd Version Forest Enjoyable Exercise Books purpose to convey the advantages of Forest Colleges to kids studying English in a extra conventional classroom setting. They supply versatile actions with choices to go exterior or to convey the outside into your classroom, relying in your instructing context. 

Forest faculty concepts to check out! 

Nature supplies each inspiration and supplies for enjoyable actions. Listed here are three concepts which you’ll be able to simply use in your pre-primary classes. You’ll be able to swap the supplies for what is offered round your faculty at a given time of the yr, from conkers to acorns, walnuts and even pebbles (which you’ll be able to flip into stunning artistic endeavors). The chances are restricted solely by your creativeness. Take pleasure in! 


  • Conker gathering
  • Arts and crafts 
  • Conker maths 


  • Draw round shadows with chalk 
  • Make a shadow collage with pure supplies 
  • Observe how shadows change at completely different instances of day 

Make a forest store 

  • Accumulate pure supplies to show in a forest store 
  • Use conkers or stones as ‘forex’ 

You could find out extra about nature-based studying from our Cambridge Reside 2022 webinar.