CLPL for Teachers – “Teaching in Nature”: September 2015

logo_in_header_gflTeaching 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 – staffdevelopemnt.ecs@eastlothian.gov.uk

 

Scotland’s BIG Nature Festival 2015

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).

For more information about the festival click here…….RSPB Families leaflet_HR

Staff CLPL and Pupil Winter skills weekends 2015

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We’ve scheduled two Winter Skills weekends for 2015, both staying at self-catering accommodation in Badaguish in the Cairngorms.  Both weekends leave from the Outdoor Learning Service base , meeting on the Friday at 2pm, returning on the Sunday evening.  All technical and outdoor equipment, transport and catering provided.

Staff CLPL Winter Skills  – Fri 27th Feb – Sun 1st Mar 2015 – £95 ELC (£150 external)

This course is aimed at providing ELC teachers and community leaders with the skills and experiences required to journey in the Scottish mountains in winter. If you’re working with groups, or working towards a walking or navigation award this course will help you gain experience and challenge you to operate in an environment beyond the scope of your current award.

For teachers this course can contribute towards your GTC Professional Update , specifically your Professional Action to help ‘understand and develop the most appropriate contexts and environments for learning including outdoor learning, and be able to apply appropriate pedagogies for these environments.’

To book yourself on a Staff CLPL course please download a booking form from here and return to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk

Pupil Winter Skills – Fri 27th Mar – Sun 29th Mar 2015 – £95

This will give pupils the chance to experience the Scottish hills in winter; providing them with a range of skills and experiences including use of ice-axe and crampons, assessing snow conditions and planning and journeying in Winter.  The course if aimed at 6th year pupils, specifically those who want to be challenged and learn the fundamentals needed to safely enjoy the Scottish mountains in winter.

To book your pupils on this course, or if you would like to join the course and help with the pupils from your school please contact aduff@elcschool.org.uk.

Bring on the snow!

Fertile Ground Conference

FERTILE GROUND CONFERENCE
environmental arts towards change

25 & 26 October 2014, Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar, East Lothian

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North Light Arts will deliver the ‘Fertile Ground Conference’ on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in Dunbar, East Lothian, with the aim of creating a space to nurture a conversation exploring creative ways to engage communities in the potential for change through public art with an environmental agenda.

Speakers include: Chris Fremantle of Eco Arts Scotland; Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel + Scullion; Judy Spark of Grays School of Art; Natalie Walton, Head of Education, Hepworth Wakefield and Matt Baker of The Environmental Art Festival Scotland. There will also be artists presentations from Robbie Coleman, Jo Hodges, Emma Herman-Smith, Hannah Imlach, Karen Gabbitas, Akshaya Narsimhan and Diandra Saginatari.

Creative Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage have provided funding to enable North Light Arts to deliver this conference which aims to cultivate a fertile ground in which to discover the unique potential of our locality through engaging artists, environmental visionaries, science specialists and local organisations, developing an active process of dialogue, debate and cross pollination.

To book follow this link http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/north-light-arts-7266976227
Free creche and children’s workshop for delegates to the Saturday morning talks: please book early. Discount for EH42 postcode

For further information email: infonorthlightarts@gmail.com
Please book early.

 

 

 

John Muir Festival – sketch competition

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John Muir was not only an inventor, conservationist and author he was also a very accomplished artist who sketched the great outdoors.

To celebrate the John Muir Festival and opening of the John Muir Way we are giving schools the opportunity to win a John Muir—themed class visit at the Scottish Seabird Centre on 22 April 2014 (transport costs included).

To enter the competition: draw a picture using just one pencil on the theme of nature and write one sentence to accompany it. The picture that most captures how it feels to experience and enjoy nature will win the prize.

Terms and Conditions apply, see attached pdf for further details and template.

Closing date: 28 Feb 2014

John Muir Festival Competition

Don’t be afraid of the dark …

We still have places left on the Night Nav course being run by the Outdoor Learning Service next Wednesday 5th December between 5pm and 8pm.

If you are interested in attending please email outdoorlearning@eastlothian.gov.uk to reserve your place. You will then be provided with details of what to bring and where to meet.

… then next time you’re caught out after a dark with a tired, dedraggled and lost DofE group you’ll be glad you came!

Ring Your BEL – CPD Opportunity Basic Expedition Leaders Award

Time to sign up for this years Sports Leaders Level 3 UK Basic Expedition Leadership Programme for 2001/12. Were also running the Day Walk Leader programme for those wishing to operate in lowland terrain without the camping element.

This is a great opportunity open to all to complete this award which is a nationally recognised qualification that trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers and other members of the community to:

?Lead walking groups in lowland countryside
?Impart the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a day walk
?Have responsibility for the care of others while leading a day walk in lowland countryside
?Plan and lead overnight base and mobile camps.

It is the minimum qualification required by some Operating Authorities for those wanting to train and lead groups in the expedition section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. More links, info on operating remit and regsitration on the course can be found here.

Course is run by the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service. Visit the website for more details and to register for this years course

can be found here.

We will be posting and updating a range of our Adult CPD2011/12 opportunities over the coming weeks

Student Winter Skills – Fri 25th – Sun 2…

Student Winter Skills – Fri 25th – Sun 27th March

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We still have a number of places available on the Student Winter Skills Course. Staying in lodges at the very fine Glenmore Lodge; easy access to the mighty Cairngorms. This is an excellent opportunity for 5th and 6th years to gain some winter mountaineering skills (snowpack analysis, crampons, ice-axe, navigation and so much more) – or simply have a break from studies and get some fresh air and exercise. Cost is £80, all inclusive.

Please get in touch with me via email to sign up your pupils.

Note … all the pupils on SOAP from NBHS, PL, DGS and Knox are automatically signed up for this course and are all attending.

Forest Schools Burns Gathering

Please click on the link below to view your invitation to the East Lothian Forest Schools Cluster Group’s “Burns Gathering” on 21st January 2011. We are hoping to gather as many FS practitioners together as we can so that we may begin to develop East Lothian’s Woodland Network.

I look forward to seeing you there

Tina Misselbrook (aka Tina the Tree Frog)
Chair, East Lothian Council Forest School Cluster Group

Please email your RSVP
By Friday 14th January 2011

Burns Gathering Invite