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    DescriptionThe Coombes School is renowned for its innovative approach, most significantly using the school grounds as an exceptional outdoor classroom. This book describes the elements, philosophy and ethos that characterize The Coombes School and give the school its individuality and particular flavor, and which have led to it being internationally acclaimed. The Coombes was until recently a Nursery/Infant setting but in September 2008 it amalgamated with its neighboring Junior School and now has 600 pupils aged from 3 to 11 years. The school serves a local military garrison and a semi-rural area situated south of Reading in Berkshire. It opened in 1971. Since its opening, the school has attracted attention from the media and the national and international educational world because of its innovatory nature. There is a strong commitment to the creative approach, and to practical, multi-sensory, experiential teaching and learning. The school welcomes hundreds of visitors each year from all over the world: teachers, education administrators, politicians, landscape architects, town planners. It also provides a training ground for prospective teachers, other students working towards careers with children or the caring professions, and work experience students from local secondary schools and the local university and colleges. As the school has developed, so has its outdoor setting. The founding head teacher, Susan Humphries, had an original vision of a school set in a future wood: a kindergarten. Over 37 years, the outdoor landscape of the school has been improved and developed so that it forms the school's largest classroom, in use throughout the year. The ecological, sustainable ethic underpins the school's work. The school dynamic changes all the time: it is a living organism that absorbs new thinking, responds to new trends, adjusts to, adapts and subverts Government requirements, reflects ongoing research and promotes its own. The Coombes does more than recognize change: it actively embraces and promotes it. It is the school's view that change is a sign of life and is absolutely inevitable: the staff endeavor to be proactive rather than reactive.


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    Title
    The Coombes Approach
    Subtitle
    Learning Through an Experiential and Outdoor Curriculum
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Susan Rowe, By (author) Susan Humphries
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 190 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780826440440
    ISBN 10: 0826440444
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: EDU
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.8
    BIC subject category V2: JNLB
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: JNT
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 23
    Ingram Subject Code: ED
    Libri: I-ED
    B&T General Subject: 340
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 05
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17220
    BISAC V2.8: EDU010000
    DC22: 371.39
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 372.1384
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: LB1027.23 .R69 2012
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.2.0.0.0
    Ingram Theme: INDS/ERLSTD
    Thema V1.0: JNLB, JNT
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    35 bw illustrations
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    Publication date
    05 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Su Rowe is headteacher of Coombes School, having been deputy head for many years. She has worked closely with Su Humphries in developing the school and its outdoor classroom. Together with Su Humphries, she has written widely about elements of the school and its practice, contributing chapters to a significant number of educational books. Su Humphries was the founding headteacher of Coombes School and has developed the school's outdoor landscape over the last 37 years. She retired in 2002 but is still actively involved in this work.
    Table of contents
    Chapter 1: Teaching and learning styles at The Coombes; Chapter 2: Curriculum Planning, Thematic approaches and Cross-curricular learning; Chapter 3: Spiritual Growth and Development; Chapter 4: The Outdoor Classroom - the Soft Landscape; Chapter 5: The Outdoor Classroom - the Hard Landscape; Chapter 6: Curriculum design; Chapter 7: The building and practice of school traditions; Chapter 8: Wider issues; Chapter 9: Drawing it all together; Concluding statements.