Out of the Box
In urban and urbanizing places today children are increasingly isolated from outdoor spaces. Academic and scientific research suggests that children’s engagement with their physical environments is vital for emotional, personal and social development, but is sharply declining.
Surveys and creative workshops were conducted with middle-aged children in rural and urban settings to better understand how children engaged with different kinds of environments and how it influenced them. Findings reflected that children wanted further engagement with their surroundings and saw potential to learn from interactions with it.
Led by this research a learning toolkit was developed for Year 8 students following the UK National curriculum. Focusing on geometry, the toolkit can be used in versatile ways prompting creative learning from the physical environment.