An introduction to the thinking behind learning outdoors and getting out of the classroom.
Problem Solving & Teambuilding Activities
Having the skills to work together as a group underpins most outdoor learning. This workshop will be experiential – you will take part in a range of activities and build a range of ideas that you can use, but also, crucially, look at how you might facilitate the team development process and build up a tool bag that will enable you to build an awareness of team dynamics and how to intervene....or not....appropriately at the right time.
Developing fieldwork - literacy and numeracy as well as geography
This session will look at how understanding and interacting with a map can be used to cover far more than just geography. We will examine how you can use your school grounds as a resource for literacy and numeracy and also think about practical management strategies when outside the classroom. The workshop will be fully interactive.
Foraging, Fires and Outdoor Cooking
This session will enable us to look at concepts such as risk versus benefit and show you how to use a fire as a safe part of your outdoor learning programme.
We will break down the stages of fire lighting into a progressive set of skills then experiment with a variety of fire-based activities, discussing their value, appropriateness and management.
An Introduction to the Environmental Learning Cards
These cards from the Outdoor Education Adviser’s Panel provide a practical and easy to follow series of activities that are designed to engage young people in environmental learning across a variety of curricular areas - around or close to the school. We will examine a selection of the 25 cards, try out and evaluate the activities, and think about how and when you might use them as well as how you might manage your group whilst doing so.
Taking the learning from the workshops and applying it back in school - what to do next!