NORTH WALES (Ruthin) - Outdoor Learning in Primary Schools


Target GroupAll teachers, Foundation Phase/KS2 leaders, SLT members, Primary Head teachers, teaching assistants


06 March 2018
Price: £ 252.00
Venue: Ruthin Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Ruthin, LL152NU
Time: 9 am for 9:30 start
Cost of course £210 plus VAT

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but worms will never hurt me”

Outdoor learning offers our children very special opportunities for play and exploration, real experiences and contact with their natural world. 

Course Objectives:

         provide 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. She is passionate about the Foundation Phase but only if it is delivered properly. She is married to a very patient man and has three very busy, individual teenagers!