Open Courses 2018

7 November 2017 · 0 comments

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It’s not often I run open courses, but I’ve teamed up with Circle of Life Rediscovery based in East Sussex so that we can offer:
Outdoor Literacy – Friday 23rd February 2018
Outdoor Maths: Place Value, Nature Counts – Friday 21st September 2018
Dirty Teaching: A Whole School Approach to Learning Outside – Friday 18th May 2018

Courses cost £120 – for more information and to book a place visit Circle of Life Rediscovery.
Venue: Mill Woods, East Sussex, 9.30am-3.30pm
The courses are particularly suitable for those who work with children in KS1 and KS2 including Forest School practitioners, primary teachers, SEND specialists and outdoor educators. Early Years educators may also find the day of value. The course is backed up by oodles of resources on a password protected blog post and the many blog posts that are readily accessible on the Creative STAR website. This course takes place entirely outdoors, so please come with lots of warm, waterproof clothing and footwear
Outdoor Literacy
Does grammar make you groan? Do you worry about ensuring basic literacy skills are being taught when working outside? Is your hair turning fifty shades of grey through the stress of all the targets and testing you have to do with your large class of children? Then this is the course for you!
Come and spend a busy, happy day with Juliet Robertson, exploring literacy outside. Together, we: 
  • Consider practical techniques for managing a large class outside, in any outdoor setting be this a concrete jungle or a nature haven.
  • Look at ways of integrating literacy into our outdoor work so that it flows through all aspects of what we do, including recording our work and keeping expectations high.
  • Focus on aspects of the creative writing process as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Use books as a springboard into reading outdoors, as well as other common forms of reading which happens outside.
  • Think about simple, doable, cost-effective approaches to creating a literacy-rich school grounds or outdoor space that demonstrate there is life beyond a laminating machine. 
Outdoor Maths: Place Value, Nature Counts
Sticks and stones won’t break Napier’s Bones. Whether you love or loathe the subject, this course will open your ideas to the potential of any outdoor space as a context for learning maths. We will have a lot of fun as we explore ways of:
  • Ensuring fan-ta-stick interactive approaches to mental maths
  • Developing simple lesson structures that are open-ended and begin with what the children know and can do.
  • Taking a playful approach to maths that develops children’s confidence in this subject
  • Using children’s natural curiosity about the world around them to develop data handling and analysis skills
  • Creating a maths-rich outdoor space or school grounds.
Dirty Teaching: Developing a Whole School Approach to Outdoor Learning
In this practical course, we look at realistic ways of embedding outdoor practice into the life and ethos of your school. It is not about paperwork or policies but about creating a vision and working towards it, be you the lone educator or a member of the leadership team tasked with the job! This course includes:
  • How to ensure a participative approach where children are involved at every step and feel their opinions are not only listened to but acted upon
  • Using can-do problem solving strategies to addressing key issues or barriers
  • Wider considerations beyond curriculum-based outdoor learning with examples of practice from different countries.
  • Think about simple, doable, cost-effective approaches to embedding sustainable principles into your work.

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