Michelle Roberts 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 and to see the potential for curriculum learning in any outdoor environment.
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.
Michelle 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!
Michelle is an assistant headteacher and founder of the outdoor learning programme 'Wild Tribe' which delivers training and resources for teachers with an emphasis on engaging with the curriculum outdoors.
Bloomsbury's award winning series of Outdoor Learning books for teachers and outdoor practitioners