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.
National Curriculum Outdoors: KS1 was Highly Commended in Teaching Resources 4-7 yrs category Creative Play Awards 2020.
The Creative Play Awards are organised by Creative Steps magazine and are dedicated to recognising and rewarding the importance of creative products and resources.
It will be announced in the trade press, on Creative Steps and Bloomsbury’s social media channels, Creative Step’s email newsletters and through their website.
The series of books published by Bloomsbury, 'National Curriculum Outdoors; a complete scheme of work' co-written by Deborah Lambert, Michelle Roberts and Sue Waite, have shown themselves to be at the top of the class for educational resources by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Resource Provider Award.
Being awarded the LOtC Resource Provider Award shows that the books offer teachers the type of high-quality learning resources that young people can really benefit from, especially pertinent in these challenging times. We're thrilled to get official recognition for the books.
Dr Anne Hunt, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said:
“Learning outside the classroom provides some of the most valuable and memorable experiences in a child’s school life. The LOtC Resource Provider Award offers teachers an assurance that a product or service will give them the tools they need to deliver genuinely valuable learning outside the classroom experiences to their pupils. I congratulate Debbie, Michelle and Sue on being awarded the LOtC Resource Provider Award.”
Some of you may remember the Natural Connections Demonstration Project, a 4-year demonstration project in over 125 schools across the southwest of England, supporting teachers to embed outdoor learning in schools in Cornwall. One of the 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 National Curriculum Outdoors series of books were conceived; to support teacher confidence in linking outdoor activities to curriculum objectives and to save teachers planning time.
The books provide research-based objective-led schemes of work for each year group, taking every curriculum subject outdoors - English, maths, science, history, geography, art and design, design and technology, music, French language (at KS2) and RE – uniquely providing progressive learning across the whole of Key Stages 1 & 2 aligning activities with the National Curriculum programmes of study showing progression in knowledge, understanding and skills whilst enabling children and teachers to experience the health and well-being benefits of learning in natural environments.
Almost two years in the writing process and we find that now, more than ever, we are living in a time where taking the learning outdoors has become even more important and yet teacher confidence in many cases on how to do this effectively remains low. We believe the National Curriculum Outdoors KS1, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 books will provide valuable support for teachers at this time.
Author Deborah Lambert
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