Outside/Inside: a gallery of provocations and speculations describes how to connect experiences of the natural world with classroom activities. The project it is based on was extensively documented in our Fantastical Guide to Hinchingbooke Country Park. This is the third in our series of resources for practitioners interested in creative learning in outside spaces, this time with a focus on the classroom as a space that connects experiences in the wild with enquiries and meaning-making in the classroom.
It is offered not as a How to do it book but as a gallery of beautiful paired images together with provocations to ‘excite and stimulate’. These are set alongside speculations that share our own questions, puzzles and concerns. The book includes an introduction by writer and researcher Mary Jane Drummond and an interview with class teacher Ben Wilson.
It offers a wonderful insight into children's worlds and shows vividly how deeply meaningful learning outside of the classroom can be; it demonstrates that there is no substitute for direct experience in fostering creative and imaginative responses.