- 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
What people say about the Outdoor Learning in Primary School course...
"Another amazing course delivered by both! Another exciting list of to-dos to go back to school with and a bank of knowledge to share. Attending this course in the current situation was a little uneasy but the presenters and hotel thought of everything :) " Course attendee 17/05/21
"Very interesting course with lots of ideas that I can take back to school." Course attendee 17/05/21
"So many excellent ideas / examples to be able to use. The afternoon activity really brought home the quote 'Don't overthink it'. Good to see it in practice." Course attendee 17/05/21
Course Presenters: Cath Delve, Karen Mills
FOUNDATION PHASE/ OUTDOOR LEARNING/ WHOLE SCHOOL ISSUES -
Cath Delve provides training, guidance and support to schools and LEAs all over Wales. Her courses cover a wide range of topics such as creating independent learners, outdoor learning, pupil voice and well-being, raising the attainment of boys, progression in continuous and enhanced provision, planning and the curriculum, being an effective Foundation Phase leader, literacy, numeracy, creativity, assessment, raising standards through display, transition, moving towards the new curriculum, developing the role of support staff and the exemplary delivery of the Foundation Phase.
Some of her initiatives such as ‘Freaky Friday,’ ‘Igloo’ 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 Cath Delve is also an independent educational consultant
working alongside many, many schools all over Wales to help them improve their environments, provision, curriculum, everyday practice with a view to raising standards and moving forward in every way.
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SCIENCE and OUTDOOR LEARNING - Karen Mills is passionate about Science and Outdoor Learning. She was the Curriculum Improvement Advisor for Science and ESDGC for Newport CC, as well as the regional coordinator for ESDGC Schools Networks. She has an M.A. in Early Years Education.
Karen 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’.
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