Want to make the best use of the outdoors to deliver excellence in your teaching? Undertake some CPD to gain a nationally recognised outdoor adventure qualification? Or just have some fun and learn some new skills? Well … next year’s Outdoor Education Service program is out, and this time it’s all online.
If you’re a Teacher wanting to book next year’s Outdoor Teaching days or adventure activity sessions then see the For Schools pages.
If you are an ELC member of staff, or a member of the public, then see the new Staff Development pages.
Or, browse the program by the updated Calendar.
Guidance on Outdoor Learning for schools and nurseries was launched earlier this week by Learning Teaching Scotland.
In addition to a guidance document – the Outdoor learning page on the LTS website has some excellent information and material including video clips of presentations and training sessions. I was particularly impressed by the Nature Nurture clip featuring some work done by Aberdeen City in conjunction with Camphill.
Amongst other uselful and well presented resources are a series of curriculum experiences and outcomes guides that highlight where outdoor learning might be particularly appropriate.
More generally the video of a speech by Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, suggests that Scotland might be waking up to the potenial its outdoor environment has to offer for improving health, well being and learning.
Humbie Primary School have been very busy learning mathematics using relevant contexts. This has involved five distinct projects:
- The Humbie cow
- Using mapwork skills to survive
- Peer mentoring in time
- Planning and preparing lunch
- Stop-motion animation premiere
This practice has been recognised by LTS and has been shared on their CfE website. Find out more by clicking here. Well done to all at Humbie!
P5 pupils from Longniddry Primary School have been getting to grips with rock-climbing at the Tranent Climbing Wall lately. The pupils learnt different climbing techniques, how to tie onto the rope, how to belay and above all how to work well how together and trust their partners. But it wasn’t all just a physical session. During one activity they had to combine both their bouldering ability and their literacy skills requiring them to write and draw whilst climbing.
An excellent example of literacy across learning – find out more and view their slide show on the East Lothian Outdoor Education Edubuzz site.
Looking for some ideas for what to do with the pupils in the snow once they’re back? Check out this resource from Creative STAR:
When the snow and cold weather arrives it can be useful to have several activities ready to go which capitalise on this exciting event. The new Winter Wonderland pack contains more than 20 super ideas for learning outside the classroom on snowy days.
Photo by Uriel 1998