Outdoor Learning INSET

“The first-hand experiences of learning outside the classroom can help to make subjects more vivid and interesting for pupils and enhance their understanding. It can also contribute significantly to pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.” Ofsted, 2008

“Outdoor learning can benefit pupils of all ages … enriches the curriculum and can improve classroom attainment”
House of Commons Education and Skills Committee

School sessions are delivered to suit the needs of the school. Nes’s experience of working with both primary and secondary children, children with behavioural and emotional challenges and gifted and talented children means that she knows that learning needs to be constantly adapted.

INSET sessions usually inIMG_0491.JPGvolve a briefing about why outdoor learning is important, sharing research that shows an increase in social and academic skills can be achieved. We then share a variety of ways in which lessons and the curriculum can be adapted to take outdoors. This part of the day is very practical and hands-on and enables teachers to experience for themselves ready-made lessons to take straight back to their class.

School practitioners will have the chance to plan and utilise the outdoor learning environment to its maximum benefit for their pupils. This offers participants an understanding of current theory and the chance to apply new skills through practical activities with the outdoors.

The training will help you:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the benefits of outdoor play and learning
  • Apply the new curriculum to the outdoors
  • Make best use of the outdoors as an engaging and fun way to learn
  • Focus on science and maths in the outdoors – with a seasonal twist!
  • Develop topic ideas including habitats and animals
  • Use tools and natural materials for outdoor learning

Maths Outside! 
We all know that maths is all around us but implementing this can be tricky. This course will show you practical ways to take maths outside of the classroom. Make the best use of your school grounds and integrate practical maths activities into your outside spaces and educational visits. This course makes specific links to the new curriculum for maths for Key Stages One and Two, especially implementing problem solving.

Outdoor School Science Lab
A report on science education published by Ofsted in November 2013 found that the more pupils do science for themselves, the more they learn, the more interested they become, and the more likely they are to study science in the future. Go beyond “bug hunts” and learn innovative ways to use your school, grounds and other wild places nearby to enrich your delivery of the new Science curriculum. From linking activities to the programmes of study, to making it work in practice, this hands on course features elements from chemistry, physics and biology and will give you the skills you need to confidently take science outside.

Plants and Trees
Learn how to use plants and wood in your delivery of the curriculum. Make the most of your outdoor environment and link this outdoor learning to the new National Curriculum. We shall show you how to identify different trees and plants, as required in the new science curriculum as well as teaching about the historical uses of plants for health and well being. We can also teach whittling and making the most of the weeds and wood around you.

Plants and Poetry, Stones and Stories.
Experiential learning is vital in developing children’s imagination. This course will help you to develop ways of planning and delivering experiences that will catapult your students into writing. The course will cover developing stories, using and composing poetry and practical tips.

We are flexible enough to be able to tailor our provision to the needs of your school. If there is an element of teaching, learning, or playing in the outdoors that your setting requires but is not covered by one of these courses, please contact us to discuss your needs.

We can travel anywhere in the country to run one off INSET and CPD days.