CHILDREN who are in touch with nature achieve better results in their year six SATs at primary school, according to University of Derby research.
A group of psychologists at the university undertook a project measuring primary school children’s connection to nature, life satisfaction, health and educational attainment.
The findings reveal that children with a greater connection to nature achieve better test scores at age 11 and are healthier.
Researchers are now hoping the report will help persuade others that a connection to nature is vital for a child’s well being and education.
Project leader Dr Miles Richardson, university head of psychology, said: “The results demonstrate that children who were more connected to nature had significantly higher English attainment.
“While there are a multitude of factors associated with a child’s English attainment, it is noteworthy that connection to nature is as important to children’s achievement in English as established factors such as life satisfaction and attendance at school.
“The research provides evidence that connecting with nature should be part of every child’s life – it has the potential to aid nature’s revival while benefiting the child."
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