Lighting the fire

Lighting the fire

Hands-on investigation, play and outdoor learning in primary education

Foreword by Mick Waters

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

The current emphasis on test scores and league tables induces many schools to rely on formal teaching methods. But is this how children really learn?

Teachers who are awed by the depth and complexity of what children already know, nurture and extend that learning as opportunities arise. They understand children’s physiological need to move. They value the whole child – heart, head and hand.

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