Students Develop a Teaching Toolkit to support Early Years Practitioners

Students on the BA (Hons) Early Years Education and Practice (with Early Years Practitioner status) course at USW have developed a Teaching Toolkit inspired by ‘The Lost Words: A Spell Book’ by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. The resource was created to support early years practitioners in teaching children about the importance of nature and the outdoors.

With help from lecturer, Pavla Boulton, Gwent Wildlife Trust and Natural Resources Wales, the students were able to publish the resource for practitioners in both English and Welsh, in line with the proposed changes to the Curriculum for Wales.

Pavla Boulton says “We have been very honoured to have gained permissions to use a selection of the images from ‘The Lost Words’ to support the toolkit and they make a wonderful connection with the book. The students intentions of the toolkit are to encourage practitioners to inspire children to reconnect with nature, get outside into our natural environment and begin to learn to care for it,  becoming stewards of our beautiful planet before it’s too late and nature as we know it is lost!”

The Toolkit is now available on the Outdoor Learning Wales Website and the Government HWB website.