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Developing Early Literacy Skills Outdoors: Activity Ideas and Best Practice for Teaching and Learning Outside

  • The only series showing clearly how to plan for outdoor learning

  • Dedicated activities to develop specific skills and aspects of literacy

  • Links to all four British early years curriculum frameworks.

Developing Early Literacy Skills Outdoors provides practitioners with practical planning for how to develop and enhance the outdoor area to facilitate literacy learning. The activities throughout the book are low cost and easy to set up, aiming to reassure practitioners and give them confidence to plan more literacy learning experiences outdoors. This is further supported with planning guidance and resource ideas, as well as advice on observation and assessment, including suggestions for how to reduce the paperwork burden and a useful observation template.

The book is divided into sections that represent the different aspects of communication, language and literacy and includes:

  • An introduction to each aspect, explaining why it is important and outlining the fundamental skills and concepts that underpin it

  • Ideas for adult-led and adult-initiated activities that aim to develop children's early knowledge, skills and understanding in communication, language and literacy

  • Suggestions for how to enhance continuous outdoor provision so that it promotes communication, language and literacy skills

  • Pointers and tips about teaching mathematics in the early years.

  • Includes ideas for how to involve parents and carers.

About the author

Marianne Sargent is an early education specialist. She holds an MA in Early Years Education and has worked as a lecturer in both primary and early years education. She is based in Derbyshire.

ISBN: 9781909280854