Outdoor Learning in Primary School


Target GroupFoundation Phase Leaders, Teachers and TAs


03 October 2018
Price: £ 252.00
Venue: Future Inn Cardiff Bay, Hemingway Road, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4AU
Time: 8.30 registration for a 9am start
Cost of course is £210 + VAT

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but worms will never hurt me”
Learning outside the classroom is increasingly seen as beneficial in the FP and should be embedded in the curriculum. Outdoor learning offers our children very special opportunities for play and exploration, real experiences and contact with their natural world. However to be effective it needs to be thoughtfully planned, well organised and appropriately supported. Delegates will be given a booklet of ideas for Outdoor Learning as part of attending this course
Course Objectives:

  • help your school understand and develop one of the key elements in the FP
  • share with you what Estyn deemed to be outstanding in an inspection including examples of outdoor learning provision enabling schools to;
  • provide more regular opportunities for children to develop and practice literacy and other skills outdoors
  • plan, organise and assess learning as well in the outdoors as they do indoors
  • link curriculum coverage outdoors directly with what is happening indoors
  • ensure that all staff are well trained and confident in using the outdoors to support learning 

Course Provider: Karen Mills

Karen was the Curriculum Improvement Advisor for Science and ESDGC for Newport City Council as well as the regional coordinator for ESDGC Schools Networks. She has an M.A. in Early Years Education and was a Foundation Phase team inspector for Estyn.

She was a member of the working party for DCELLS Science Curriculum 2008 She was co-author of Module 6 for the Foundation Phase and was a member of the WAG working group that developed ESDGC ‘A Common Understanding for Schools’.

Course Provider: Cath Delve

Cath Delve has 26 years of teaching experience in three very different primary schools. She has been a senior leader in all three schools, a deputy head teacher in two and an acting head teacher in one. She has provided training and presented to many audiences on a wide range of topics all over Wales. She has been writing and presenting courses for the last 10 years on subjects such as: outdoor learning, pupil voice and well-being, raising the attainment of boys, progression in continuous provision, planning and the curriculum, being an effective Foundation Phase leader, literacy, numeracy, creativity, assessment, raising standards through display, transition, developing the role of the teaching assistant and the exemplary delivery of the Foundation Phase. She is very interested in and has completed a lot of work on, children’s well-being and engagement and how they have an impact on standards and life-long learning.

Some of her initiatives such as ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Messy Monday’ have been implemented and used by schools all over Wales and into England.

In addition to working for Collective Learning as a course provider she is also an independent consultant working alongside schools all over Wales providing help, support and guidance on the successful delivery of the Foundation Phase.