Deborah Lambert is co-author of the National Curriculum Outdoors – a complete scheme of work (KS1 to Y6) series of books published by Bloomsbury Education (2020) which provides a timely support to help teachers to grow their confidence in teaching outside. There are five books in the series: Key Stage 1, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 which provides an opportunity for a whole school approach to outdoor learning.
Deborah provided the maths, geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, RE and French units for the series. She also wrote the Y5 history unit and Y6 English and Science units.
Deborah was involved with the Natural Connections demonstration project, supporting teachers to embed outdoor learning in schools in Cornwall. Sue Waite led that project with over 125 schools across the southwest of England, delivered and evaluated by the University of Plymouth.
One of principal initial barriers to teaching outdoors was found to be a lack of confidence in how to link outdoor activities to curriculum objectives and so the the National Curriculum Outdoors books were conceived; to support teacher confidence in linking outdoor activities to curriculum objectives and to save teachers planning time!
A primary teacher for over 30 years, with a wealth of experience as a class teacher of EYFS–KS2 in over 30 primary schools, Special Schools at KS1-4 and as a lecturer in Further Education and Higher Education, Deborah has a wealth of experience in a range of settings and with different age ranges.
She is a FdA lecturer for the Learning Institute and also delivers ITT in outdoor learning to KS1, 2, 3 & 4 trainee teachers. She is currently chair of the Learning Institute Research and Development group 'Natural Schooling'.
She is a ‘Wild Tribe’ and PE trainer for the ARENA Sports Partnership for which she has written and delivered PE schemes of work and maths programmes of study for the Arena Wild Tribe Practitioners award using the medium of Forest School activities to deliver the curriculum outdoors, created the Wild Tribe Explorers programme to improve health, wellbeing and behaviour, Wild Tribe leadership programmes for children, including the Wild Tribe Literacy Leader, Wild Tribe Maths Leader, Wild Tribe Rangers and Wild Tribe First Aid for children (to support the DfE RSE and Health requirements).
Deborah is also a Level 3 OFQUAL certificated First Aid in the Outdoors trainer for World Class Training.
Drawing on experience of managing the Playing for Success Education centre at Porthpean Outdoor Education centre, she co-authored a chapter in ‘Children Learning Outside the Classroom; from birth to eleven’ by Sue Waite (SAGE publishing, 2017) specifically chapter 15: Physical Development, Health and Well-Being: the role of Physical Education in which she offers an insight into the development of emotionally resilient learners through Outdoor and Adventurous activities.
Deborah Lambert runs Taking Maths Outdoors which provides flexible and creative outdoor training for all curriculum subjects for schools in Cornwall and beyond.
Teachers are shown how to use their own school settings and grounds to facilitate the delivery of the National Curriculum outdoors. Training also introduces techniques which promote reconnection; integrating teamwork and PHSE.
The National Curriculum Outdoors series of books has been awarded the LOtC Resource Provider Award which recognises organisations that provide products and services which genuinely assist teachers in delivering meaningful and engaging learning outside the classroom sessions, and who work with users to ensure that this is the case. The award framework also helps organisations ensure that their products and services meet the needs of users.
Bloomsbury's award winning series of Outdoor Learning books for teachers and outdoor practitioners