In a nutshell, I’m a Primary School teacher, with the majority of my teaching experience in Year 2. I’ve been a KS1 moderator and I have a degree in Chemistry. My love and passion for the outdoors began when I was a child and most of my favourite childhood memories are centred outside. I used to love wading in streams and getting muddy in the woods, then suddenly you grow up and all of that just…stops.
I know…cliché. But the more I thought about the reason I was continuously drawn to Primary Schools and why I probably went into teaching, the more I realised it was actually because some of the best memories I have are me, as a child, enjoying the outdoors with my family.
This was the moment when I started taking my lessons outside more and planning specifically for the outdoors. Having been the science lead for many years, taking learning outside naturally began with science for me.
I started to notice more that those children with emotional and behavioural needs became almost different children when learning when taken outdoors and that glisten in their eyes that you’d hardly ever get in class, just came alive each time! When Hollie and I first started brainstorming ideas of going into business, I always knew it would be to do with the outdoors. But once I’d started to have more experiences like these with my class, I was certain it was going to be based on taking children outdoors and showcasing how to do it, to teachers who might be unsure. That’s when Alfresco Learning was born!
This has all fuelled my belief that children can gain so much from being in nature and this is the passion I want to share with you!