Teaching in Nature is training course for teachers, aimed at developing professional practice in outdoor learning.
Using these places, rich in learning possibilities, we also socially and emotionally engage our learners with the places and topics. In recent years we have come to understand that connection with ‘place’ needs to come before we learn about the bigger social and environmental issues we face as society.
It is a long term programme that supports you to plan, implement and evaluate a challenging and fun outdoor learning experience for your pupils. Teaching in Nature is a collaborative process, sharing good practice and learning with your colleagues from other schools. It will also challenge you to develop an interdisciplinary approach to outdoor learning with colleagues.
Full course information can be found on the CLPL pages of eduBuzz, where you will also find an application form. This should be completed and returned to Matt Robinson at Grounds for Learning. Closing date for applications is 4th September 2015, with the course commencing on 11th September.
Costs for this course will be met by the Training and Developemnt Team, however there will be a cover cost implication for successful candidates. Further information can be obtained from the Training & Development Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotland’s BIG nature festival is back 23-24 May, Levenhall Links, Musselburgh! There’s loads to keep wildlife lovers and families entertained all weekend. This award-winning festival has gone from strength to strength – boasting a packed programme covering everything from specialist wildlife talks, walks and demos, loads of children’s activities like storytelling, puppet shows, bug bioblitz, pond dipping, willow weaving and loads more ways to give your intrepid wildlife explorers a really wild day out!
This year RSPB has teamed up with East Lothian Council and have a fantastic new venue, renown for its open spaces and wildlife, overlooking the Firth of Forth and part of the John Muir Way. Over 100 exhibitors offer something for everybody, from the latest wildlife technology, fantastic science, art, books, and much more.
Visitors can enjoy great locally sourced artisan food and drink, and a farmers market in association with Scotland Year of Food and Drink, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets please visit www.bignaturefestival.org.uk (adults £12 Children £2 under 5’s free).
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We have now received the September copy of the Grounds for Learning Newsletter, it’s available to view below.
Grounds for Learning Newsletter
East Lothian’s Primary School Orienteering Competition 2012
Thursday 1st March 2012
Please come along and have your school represented at East Lothian School’s premier Orienteering Event.
- Entry Free to all East Lothian Primary Schools
- Two courses – P4/5 (compete in pairs) and P6/7 (compete as individuals)
- John Muir Country Park (map)
- Registration open from 10am to 2pm
- Course closes at 3pm
Please give notification of numbers and approximate arrival time to Martyn email@example.com as soon as possible.
For reports on previous years orienteering competitions please click here
The accompanying staff with the children will only be needed to supervise the children in the registration area – not any orienteering. Please be aware that this is a competition and there will be no time for teaching of basic orienteering skills during the day. All competitors must have previous orienteering experience.
If you are a member of school staff that would like to know more about teaching orienteering in school then please book onto the Teaching Orienteering Course
The LTS Outdoor Learning CPD programme is designed for teachers and early years’ practitioners to build capacity, develop skills and increase confidence in order that more children and young people have ‘regular and frequent’ opportunities to learn outdoors.
The sessions are intended to support staff following the publication of the guidance document ‘Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning’, the six regional conferences in May and June 2010 and the outdoor learning online resource.
The last 3 CPD sessions – Bridging the Gap through Outdoor Learning – are the largest sessions (in terms of capacity) being run and they are open to all practitioners – CLD workers, youth workers, voluntary sector organisations, teachers and others.
Follow the LTS link on the programme to book a place…
First Aid Training
We will be running First Aid courses in conjunction with Outdoor Education from October through to next May. These courses are available to all ELC employees as well as external organisations.
HSE Emergency First Aid Course (1 day) for anyone requiring basic emergency first aid training.
Internal Cost £40 / External cost £70
HSE First Aid at Work Courst (3 days, valid for 3 years) for anyone requiring full designated First Aider Training. Internal Cost £120 / External Cost £240
HSE First Aid Wt Work Revalidation Course (2 days, valid for 3 years) for anyone who currently holds a valid HSE First Aid at Work Certificate. Internal Cost £80 / External Cost £160
For all dates and full course outlines please click here
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to book a place on any of these courses.