Taking Learning Outdoors Course

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Primary School Course

This is an introductory course which is helpful for participants who have little previous experience of taking learning outdoors. The theory covered directly links to activities in different curriculum areas, which are simple and require little preparation or materials. The activities covered rely mostly on using recycled and natural materials, so work well for schools with shoestring budgets. It is ideal for schools which have just tarmac and a small (if any) playing field.

Aims:

  • To broaden and deepen understanding of effective outdoor learning experiences for children
  • To help participants make the most of their school grounds and local area as a place for learning
  • To provide a range of activities that can be easily undertaken outside by one teacher with a class of 30 children

Duration: 1 day

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

“The day spent with Juliet and Penny has had a noticeable effect on outdoor learning already. We have classes out every day using the playground for literacy and numeracy and the upper school staff are in the final stages of organising woodland visits. Everyone is having a go and so far everyone, especially the children, are enjoying it. The staff have all completed the class audit to give us a baseline and we look forward to seeing a big difference in what we do by next year. Thank you for such a useful and motivational day.”
DHT, Torbain Primary School, Fife


Early Years Course

This is an introductory course which is helpful for participants who wish to develop their outdoor play provision. The theory covered directly links to simple ways of improving play provision across different curriculum areas in a joined up way. Practical approaches to enabling free flow between the indoor and outdoor space are covered. The need for offering quality play all year round in all weathers and getting parents on board are also key parts of the training session.

Aims:

  • To broaden and deepen understanding of effective outdoor play experiences for children
  • To help participants make the most of their outdoor space as a place for learning
  • To demonstrate a range of all-weather activities which can be easily set up using low cost, scrap or natural materials that enable open-eneded play outdoors

Duration: 1 day

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

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