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Outdoor learning in the Welsh curriculum – Teacher and TA training


I have created a 20 session teacher training package which will provide you with all the skills you need to embed effective, meaningful, impactful outdoor learning in your school.

These sessions are suitable for school leaders in outdoor learning, class teachers, TAs and other school leaders.

The sessions will take you on a journey towards using your school grounds and local area to effectively teach the four purposes of the new curriculum for Wales. Each session builds on the last so that you will finish with an in-depth understanding of what outdoor learning is and how it can be used in your school. Each session will be supported by an in-school task to help you integrate aspects of the session into your school.

By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of ideas to share with your staff and a plan for taking the new curriculum for Wales and making it bespoke to your school’s outdoor space.

Sessions can be booked on separately. Sessions last 2 hours and are undertaken as a twilight. Cost is £10 per person per session for online training or £20 face to face. 10% discount is available for participants of the entire course. Buy tickets here.

Session 1: Starting out. How to teach a four purpose based curriculum through outdoor learning.

Session 2: Auditing what you do now and your school grounds. – Making the best use of what you have.

Session 3: Barriers to outdoor learning and overcoming them. – Tips and tricks to make outdoor learning easier.

Session 4: Integrating outdoor learning into your planning. – Embedding outdoor learning into teaching.

Session 5: A whole school approach – Systemic changes to embed outdoor learning into your school. Creating an outdoor learning policy.

Session 6: Practical ideas to teach through outdoor learning. – Science and technology AOLE.

Session 7: Practical ideas to teach through outdoor learning. – Maths and numeracy AOLE

Session 8: Practical ideas to teach through outdoor learning. – Language, Literacy and communication AOLE.

Session 9: Practical ideas to teach through outdoor learning. – Humanities AOLE

Session 10: Practical ideas to teach through outdoor learning. – Expressive arts AOLE

Session 11: Practical ideas to teach through outdoor learning. – Health and Wellbeing AOLE

Session 12: Cross curricular project ideas to teach through outdoor learning. – Using the wider local area as well as school grounds.

Session 13: Assessment of learning and for learning in outdoor learning.

Session 14: Risk assessments and risk benefit analysis.

Session 15: Becoming sector leading in outdoor learning. – Putting outdoor learning at the heart of your school’s curriculum.

Session 16: Meaningful school trips. – Using learning outside the classroom experiences effectively.

Session 17: Undertaking meaningful field trips. – Planning and designing your own field trips.

Session 18: Progression and differentiation in outdoor learning. -The pedagogy of outdoor learning.

Session 19: School grounds developments. – How to use and develop your school grounds to support outdoor learning.

Session 20: Sharing best practice. Discussion of what has worked in your journey of embedding outdoor learning into your school.

Booking available on Eventbrite

Ability Level(s): Inset
Relevant Subject(s):
Cost: £30
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Taking learning outdoors – Secondary schools. Webinar training for schools.

How to take indoor teaching outdoors.

Nature Days can provide expert advice and training for taking your learning outdoors.
Reduce the pressure on your indoor areas by using the school grounds for teaching.

Many primary schools, especially early years, use the outdoors for teaching but less so in secondary.

Dawn Thomas is a qualified secondary science and geography teacher. She can provide training on using outdoor learning for teaching the science and geography secondary curriculum or any other outdoor learning provision.

Webinar, outdoor or in-school training can be undertaken which is bespoke to meet your school’s needs, be it;
Health and Wellbeing,
First steps to teaching outdoors,
Creating effective outdoor spaces,
Delivery curriculum content outdoors.

For more details contact Nature days naturedays@reynoldston.com07779950126

Ability Level(s): KS3, GCSE, Alevel, Inset
Relevant Subject(s): Geography
Cost: £250
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INSET Utilising your school grounds for outdoor learning

The new National Curriculum has a great emphasis on outdoor learning and using the outdoor environment, but how do you translate that into classroom learning? Nature days can provide INSET training to help integrate the outdoors into your school’s schemes of work.

Ability Level(s): Inset
Relevant Subject(s): Geography, Science
Cost: £250.00
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INSET Undertaking your own effective field trip

Undertaking field trips to Nature Reserves, the park, beach or local woods are essential when undertaking outdoor learning in schools. To ensure the field trip is effective and to maximise learning a certain degree of planning and skill is involved.

Ability Level(s): Inset
Relevant Subject(s): Geography, Science
Cost: £250.00
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INSET creating an outdoor learning curriculum.

I will demonstrate how the new National Curriculum’s Four purposes and AOLEs can be achieved through the use of outdoor learning and using the outdoor environment. But how do you translate that into classroom learning? I can provide INSET training to help integrate the outdoors into your school’s curriculum through meaningful experiences.

Ability Level(s): Inset
Relevant Subject(s): Biology, Geography, History, Science
Cost: £250.00
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