Health, Education & Learning case studies

There is a lot of excellent practice going on across Wales with different groups using the natural environment to maximise health, learning and education opportunities.  On this page we share the case studies that have featured in our monthly Education & Learning newsletter to give you ideas on how you can develop or improve what you do at your setting.

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Nature tots: childminding with nature

Creating time and space for fun, active learning in the natural environment for the children in her care comes as second nature to Carmarthenshire childminder Kelly Still.

Lessons we can learn from nature

What lessons can we learn from nature? Here’s our thoughts.

How can learning in, learning about, and learning for the natural environment help our health and well­being?

In 2008, the New Economics Foundation published the study ‘5 ways to well­being’ study, which identified evidence­ based actions to improve well­being. Each step has synchronicity with being in nature.

How Natur has grown

In 2021, we introduced you to Natur, a visionary outdoor learning area at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Llandeilo that was in the planning stages. We recently caught up with the school’s Assistant Headteacher, Ian Chriswick, to find out how it has developed over the last year.

Ysgol Abererch, Pwllheli share their thoughts on school gardening 

Pupils from Ysgol Abererch, Pwllheli, winners of the S4C ‘School garden of the year competition 2021’, take a break from growing flowers, herbs and leeks to share their thoughts on school gardening.

“It’s not revolutionary or hard.  We’re just ordinary kids who have taken small steps to make our corner of the world greener”

Watch a video of the learners and their teacher discussing their efforts.

Making the most of the outdoors to tackle loneliness 

How can the natural environment be used to tackle loneliness? Here are some ideas we’ve come up with. 

Flintshire teacher puts NRW enviro-crime training into practice

Following training from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Megan Hughes, a Year 3 teacher at Ysgol Sychdyn, Flintshire decided to put the 'From Crime to Courtroom: Enviro crime’ training to life.

Teacher describes flytipping investigation during Wales Outdoor Learning Week as “one of the most memorable, AMAZING weeks in my teaching career!” 

“Here comes the sun” – customs celebrating the onset of summer from around the world

Most people are aware of how Christmas is celebrated around the world, but have you ever asked your learners to pause for thought and investigate how the arrival of summer is celebrated?

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