Teaching Outdoors

Teaching Using Fire

Teaching Using Cooking on Open Fire

Teaching the curriculum through Outdoor Learning – an overview for Early Years

Teaching the curriculum through Outdoor Learning – an overview for Primary

Teaching the curriculum through Outdoor Learning – an overview for Secondary

Teaching the curriculum through Outdoor Learning – an overview for ASN

Teaching Using Journeying

Teaching Using Bouldering (low level climbing walls)

Teaching Using Slack Lines

Teaching Using Orienteering

Teaching using Electronic Timing (SI)

Teaching Using the Natural Environment

Teaching Using Team-building & Problem Solving

Teaching using Fire

Course Overview
The course will cover:  Basic fire lighting principles, how to teach safely, risk assessing fires with groups.  The course can be tailored to the needs of the candidates and age groups they will be teaching.

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching using Cooking on Open Fire

Course Overview
Revealing the magic of cooking with a class on an open fire. Simple recipes for you to try and take away. Also includes professional discussion on safety regarding fire and hygiene. Food (simple!) included

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching the curriculum through Outdoor Learning – an overview for Early Years

Course Overview
This course has been designed to introduce Early Years Staff to delivering the curriculum for excellence in an outdoor setting.  The course will cover:  Learning for Sustainability and how outdoor learning fits into the curriculum.  Practical delivery ideas for a school environment.  How the Outdoor Learning Service can support you deliver the CfE Experiences and Outcomes.

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching the curriculum through Outdoor Learning – an overview for Primary

Course Overview

This course has been designed to introduce Staff who work with Primary pupils to delivering the curriculum for excellence in an outdoor setting.  The course will cover:  Learning for Sustainability and how outdoor learning fits into the curriculum.  Practical delivery ideas for a school environment.  How the Outdoor Learning Service can support you deliver the CfE Experiences and Outcomes.

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching the curriculum through Outdoor Learning – an overview for Secondary

Course Overview

This course has been designed to introduce Staff who work with Secondary pupils to delivering the curriculum for excellence in an outdoor setting.  The course will cover:  Learning for Sustainability and how outdoor learning fits into the curriculum.  Practical delivery ideas for a school environment.  How the Outdoor Learning Service can support you deliver the CfE Experiences and Outcomes.

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching the curriculum through Outdoor Learning – an overview for ASN

Course Overview

This course has been designed to introduce Staff who work with ASN pupils to delivering the curriculum for excellence in an outdoor setting.  The course will cover:  Learning for Sustainability and how outdoor learning fits into the curriculum.  Practical delivery ideas for a school environment.  How the Outdoor Learning Service can support you deliver the CfE Experiences and Outcomes.

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching using Journeying

Course Overview
Using the Outdoor Learning Cards (journeying section) as a basis for how we can incorporate journey planning; mini-expeditions; microadventures into our teaching. Educators will also be able to view a myriad of equipment that is available for their school to use from the Outdoor Learning Service

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching using Bouldering (low Level Climbing Walls)

Course Overview
Using the Outdoor Learning Cards (Bouldering section) to look at how we can incorporate a school bouldering wall into our teaching

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching using Slack Lines

Course Overview
Slack Line – an extremely portable and versatile piece of kit that can readily be used in a variety of settings. A great balance tool for helping pupils develop their own balance and coordination but also helping and supporting others.

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching using Orienteering

Course Overview
This is the first couple of modules of Introduction to Orienteering developed by the Scottish Orienteering Association.

On the course you will learn how to introduce the basic skills of orienteering through indoor and outdoor activities, and how to bring a variety of subjects to life through the medium of orienteering.  As well as offering the incentive for significant physical activity, orienteering offers links with many areas of the curriculum which are of genuine interest to young people.

  • environmental awareness
  • spatial awareness
  • mathematical calculations
  • ITC
  • language skills – learning new languages and developing existing communication skills
  • team work
  • planning
  • problem solving
  • independence and self confidence

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching using Electronic Timing (Sport Ident)

Course Overview

SPORTident adds a new dimension to exercise and sport. Children love using SPORTident. Create an exciting obstacle course, turn on a timing device and let your pupils measure their own time. That’s how easy it is to motivate the whole class.

The success of SPORTident is based on the principle of giving the pupils instant feedback about their activities. They can see their improvement there and then and what better motivation is there for exercise? It can be a simple game or a more serious competition.

SPORTident is all about timing and providing instant results. It can be used individually or by teams, indoors or outside. You can create your own courses and a game can quickly be made into a competition.

We will show you how this timing software can be used to great effect to enhance literacy, numeracy and many other areas of your curriculumn

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching about the Natural Environment in school grounds

Course Overview
The Environmental Learning Cards activities contribute directly to a wide range of educational and development aims for young people and cover four elements of Outdoor Learning that can be delivered on a school/ youth club site and surrounding environment: The resource cards are divided into four areas of learning:

AWARENESS AND EXPERIENCE – Encouraging young people to experience the natural environment using a range of senses and to look at some of its component parts.

EXPLORE AND UNDERSTAND – Following on from first steps into the Environment comes the desire to explore it further and understand the many relationships that makes it what it is.

SUSTAIN AND CONSERVE – In developing an understanding of the Environment young people are encouraged to look at their impact on it and to develop a sense of stewardship in their long-term relationship with it.

CREATE AND SHARE – Appreciating our time in the natural environment and expressing how we feel towards the natural environment.

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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Teaching using Team-building & Problem Solving

Course Overview
A look at how to teach problem solving and team building tasks with the minimum of equipment but maximum of learner outcome.

GTCS Professional Update – Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

3.1.6 – 1.4 – 3.6.4

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