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Snow, rain or sunshine, children up to the age of seven attending Europe’s forest schools spend 80% of their day outdoors learning to understand and care for the natural world, and coping with adversity.
In some hardline Scandinavian schools, which started in the 1950s, the class head inside only when it drops below -10C.
This is the extreme end of what is now a global movement in nature pedagogy.
But there are gentler versions: Forest schooling is becoming popular in the UK and US as well as in Australia, where it is