Literacy Outdoors Course

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Primary School Course

Many authors and poets gain inspiration from landscapes and nature. This course looks in greater depth at talking, listening, reading and writing and how being outside can develop these core skills.

It includes making the most of any outdoor space, on or off-site as a stimulus for literacy activities, developing school grounds as a literacy-rich environment and useful resources including the use of books as a springboard to outdoor learning and play. Much of the day includes undertaking a wide range of straightforward activities outdoors suitable for whole classes working outside.

Aims:

  • To explore the school grounds and local area as a rich context for developing literacy skills across the curriculum
  • To consider resource provision and the practical aspects of developing literacy outdoors including teaching a class of 30 children outside
  • To ensure that literacy outdoors enhances and helps develop core provision throughout the school

Duration: 1 day or two twilight sessions

Part of the training takes place outside, regardless of the weather. Participants must be prepared for this and wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

“Useful and relevant. Thoroughly appreciate all the ideas which were realistic in terms of teacher time and resourcing. Excellent links to Curriculum for Excellence. Good mix of practical work and theory. Juliet showed such enthusiasm and knowledge which is an inspiration to teachers.”
Class Teacher, Hazlehead Primary, Aberdeen


Early Years Course

This course has a play-based approach to taking literacy outdoors. Participants learn to capitalise on the outdoor environment as a stimulus for songs, rhymes and stories. We look at ways of creating a literacy-rich outdoor play space including spaces for talking and listening, the use of natural and cheap resources that facilitate conversations and the development of cooperative play outside. We investigate the potential of stories for developing contexts for outdoor play and a range of specific games which children enjoy playing.

Aims:

  • To explore the outdoor space and local area as a rich context for developing literacy skills across the curriculum
  • To consider resource provision and the practical aspects of developing literacy outdoors
  • To ensure that outdoor literacy is a natural and key part of the routine within a setting

Duration: 1 day or two twilight sessions

Part of the training takes place outside, regardless of the weather. Participants must be prepared for this and wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

“Spending time outside in the first session made me realise how much can be done with little need for resources.”
Nursery Teacher, Manor Park Primary, Aberdeen

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