Teachers' Perceptions of the Importance of Forest Schools in KS1 in a Cardiff School
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This paper starts with the claim that before the proposed foundation phase in Wales there were limited opportunities for independent play in natural outdoor spaces. lt focuses on existing literature on outdoor play and on Forest Schools. The literature review identifies an obvious gap in the literature. The gap shows that there is a relatively small amount of research undertaken on what actually happens in the outdoor environment, and that the majority of the literature explains about the actual use of outdoor environments in early year's education. The literature review describes how the Forest School movement started in the UK in Bridgewater in the 1990s. Furthermore it explains how the concept is currently growing across Britain. lt explains that we now have over a 100 Forest Schools in England, 20 in Scotland and 20 in Wales. The methodology expla¡ns that the research carried out for this paper was from a small-scale research project from a local Forest School programme. The Programme involved a total ol 28 early years children in a reception class. The primary school that the research focused on was s¡tuated in an area of Cardiff that was of social and econom¡c disadvantages. The school was also involved with the piloting of the proposed Foundation Phase in Wales (VVAG, 2A07, at the time of the study. The methodology also explains the two research tools this study will be us¡ng, interviews and observations and the reasons for choosing these tools.
BA (Honours) Education and Early Childhood Studies
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