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Coombes Approach : Learning through an experiential and outdoor curriculum.

Author: Susan Rowe; Susan Humphries
Publisher: London : Continuum International Pub., 2012.
Series: Advances in stylistics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the last 40 years the Coombes School in Berkshire, UK, has developed aninternational reputation for its innovative approach to Nursery and Infantteaching. In this book Sue Humphries, the founder of the school, and Sue Rowe, the former headteacher, explore the principles behind the school and how otherscan learn from its approach. In particular, the book focuses on the innovativeuse of the schools environment as  Read more...
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Case studies
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Rowe, Susan.
Coombes Approach : Learning through an experiential and outdoor curriculum.
London : Continuum International Publishing, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Rowe; Susan Humphries
ISBN: 9781855397590 1855397595 9780826440440 0826440444 9781855397293 1855397293 9781855397439 1855397439 9781280578786 1280578785
OCLC Number: 793996899
Description: 1 online resource (241 pages).
Contents: Cover; Halftitle; Seriespage; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgement; CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION AND ETHOS; History; Teaching style; Work with other institutions; Early publications; Jerwood Award and links with the Open University; Collaboration and amalgamation; Style of working: Our educational philosophy; The pleasure principle; Environmental development; Revisiting our beliefs; Acceptable risk taking; Organization of teaching and learning; Teaching strategies; Evaluating our work; A multi-sensory approach; Social context; Social and cooperative activities. Thematic teaching and learningObserving children; The influence of Howard Gardner; CHAPTER 2: LEADERSHIP STYLE AND ORGANIZATION; Leadership style; Communication; Equality and cooperation; Flattened management structure; Decision-making; Giving children a voice; Giving parents a voice; Open door policy; Parental involvement; Grandparent and extended family days; Our governors; Vocation; An integrated curriculum: A case study of sheep; CHAPTER 3: THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM --
THE SOFT LANDSCAPE; Trees --
dreaming of a school set in a wood; Willow; Mistletoe; Holly and other evergreens; Ivy; Log piles. Shelter beltWoodland management; Fruit trees; Snowdrops and hazel; Wild flowers; Daffodils; Bluebells; Other wild flowers; Raised beds; Sunflowers; Improving the soil; Hedges; Colour walks; Lichens and mosses; Ponds and wetlands; Topology; Pathway planting; Meeting places; Litter; Managing the gardens; CHAPTER 4: THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM --
THE HARD LANDSCAPE; Playground development; Paved area; Mini-beast sanctuary; Playground features; Earth banks and off-ground pathways; Tunnel; Ryan's bridge; Stairs; Large logs; Boat; Seating; Playground markings; Stepping stones; Tree houses and look-out. Geology trailLabyrinths; CHAPTER 5: SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT; Introduction; Physical contact; Massage; Circle games; Social and cooperative exercises; Drama and role play; Yoga-style exercises and breathing exercises; Exchanging treasures; Listening to live music; Puppets; Experiences; Sustainability; Religious education, interpersonal skills and assemblies; Being part of the story; Water --
making a splash; Remembrance Sunday; Seasonal celebrations; Looking at the solar system and studying the night sky; Cross-curricular elements; Guidance from the children. CHAPTER 6: SCIENCE --
AT THE HEART OF OUR SCHOOLScience in the nursery; Ice sculptures; Deconstruction of machines; Plants; Life rhythms; The heart; Food analysis and testing; Animals; Water; Air; Flight; Fire; Earth: Working with clay --
a case study; CHAPTER 7: CURRICULUM I; Planning and organization; Mathematics; Literacy and the language arts; Information and communications technology; CHAPTER 8: CURRICULUM II; History; Geography; Music; Drama; Dance; Physical education; French; Design technology; Art and craft; CHAPTER 9: SCHOOL TRADITIONS; Open door policy; Curriculum planning.
Series Title: Advances in stylistics.

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The Coombes was a Nursery/Infant setting and in September 2008 it amalgamated with its neighboring Junior School and has 600 pupils aged from 3 to 11 years. This book describes the elements,  Read more...

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