Learning Outdoors – The Spring Curriculum

The Spring Curriculum

Aimed at EYFS and primary practitioners and teachers, childminders, afterschool and holiday clubs. This spring workshop will look at the joys of outside at this time of year and how you can best use your outside space.

This three hour workshop will –

  • Cover all areas of the EYFS & Primary curriculum
  • Discuss the logistics of getting out of the door
  • Give your staff team ideas to come back to your setting or school and put into practice immediately
  • Be full of practical, hands-on ideas
  • Enable each attendee to complete a risk benefit assessment of a chosen activity
  • Counts towards your CPD hours

Please dress for the weather, this course is mainly outside and on a windy hilltop. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

Diary Date – June 11th & 12th 2018 – Inspirational Outdoors Conference.
This workshop and Inspirational Outdoors is a collaboration between Niki Willows Outside and Martin Besford of Outstanding Nursery Highway Farm Activity Centre.

Forest School Level 2 (Scotland)

girl peeping through a hole in a leaf

This qualification is intended for those who wish to become an assistant Forest School Leader. The units for Level 2 include ‘Skills for the Forest School Programme Assistant and Support Learning and Development at a Forest School Programme’.

Minimum age 16 years and some experience in Forest School advised.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

  • Understand how a Forest School can support an individual’s learning and development
  • Know how experiences can support learning and development at a Forest School
  • Be able to perform the role of Assistant at a Forest School
  • Understand sustainable woodland management at a Forest School
  • Understand the role of risk assessment at Forest School
  • Be able to carry out practical tasks at Forest School.

Course involvement level

  • 3 days training
  • Portfolio to be handed in within 6 months

What’s included?

  • 3 days training
  • Your supportive learning materials
  • Remote trainer and online support

Duration: 6 months to complete submission

Nature Kindergartens

sign saying Auchlone Nature Kindergarten

Auchlone Nature Kindergarten is an award winning early years centre in Perthshire where children spend over 85% of their time outdoors. By visiting Auchlone and learning and exploring the ethos and methodology of a nature kindergarten as defined by Claire Warden, you will be able to improve your own practice inside, outside, and beyond!

This course will be delivered via powerpoint presentation and will also include a visit to Auchlone Nature Kindergarten where you can explore the site and ask questions.

We will address practical issues linked to an outdoor education on a daily basis to help you develop outdoor learning in your practice. You will also get an insight into how we use Floorbooks to support our practice. We will then explore how you can implement parts of the nature kindergarten ethos into your own practice to create authentic and rich learning experiences and to improve your practice.

This course is not only ideal for people looking to set up an outdoor learning centre or those who currently work in one, but is also for educators who wish to begin intertwining nature into all forms of learning whether they are in a rural or urban setting. Develop the way that you engage with the natural environment.

Aims

• To explore the origins and approach of Nature Kindergartens internationally and to look at the methodology behind nature education as defined by Claire Warden
• To be able to plan for a relevant nature space in consultation with children
• To look at the layout and day-to-day operation of an outdoor learning environment
• To explore how the Nature Kindergarten methodology can be implemented in any kind of setting or practice.

Learning outcomes/objectives

You will be able to:
• Implement aspects of Nature Kindergarten practice to your setting
• Record and evidence children’s learning using nature as a mechanism to cover the whole curriculum
• Create natural spaces inside and out, establishing rich learning environments.

Working with children’s behaviour in the outdoors

This is a 3-day OCNWMR accredited course worth 3 credits.
Delivered in partnership with Jon Cree.

£300

We will delve into: what challenges us as leaders in the outdoors; theory on behaviour, up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for behaviour that challenges us, ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios; de-escalation and formulating/reviewing your own policies, including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards in a community based approach. We will look at how to develop our own empathetic responses to children and young people and how to react to their needs.

As this is an OCN Level 3 course worth 3 credits it will require participants to reflect on their own practice and write up a workbook after the course which we estimate would take approx 8 hours work. It is suitable for people who have trained as Forest School practitioners or who work in the outdoors.

“this course has really helped me re-appraise the way I work with some of our students and has actually given me new strategies for working with challenges that have worked!” ~ participant from February 2011 course

* This venue has basic accommodation on site which is included in the price. Other local accommodation is available.

To book, or for futher details call 07789 723 061 or email mail@kindlingplayandtraining.co.uk

Re:Kindling- CPD for Forest School Practitioners

These weekends have been described as the most ‘Forest School’ way to get your Continuous Professional Development. This is an invitation to reconnect with the enthusiasm that you found during the process of training to be a Forest School practitioner.

The weekend will be hosted by Lily Horseman, an experienced facilitator and Forest School trainer. It’s playful and led by the interests, ideas, questions, challenges and excitement that each participant brings. Having walked alongside many people during the Forest School training process Lily recognises the value of asking questions and the support of a community of learning. This weekend will be all about that. Reconnecting and connecting with people who are walking the same path to support your continuing growth as a Forest School practitioner.

The content will be guided by what everyone wants and needs. There will be games and crafts, time to connect with nature, exploration of theories, time to play, time to relax and be in a really wonderful woodland environment, and of course, there will be cooking and eating around the fire. All the good stuff that gets the juices flowing.

£60 covers accommodation in the bunk barn dorms or camping on the site with full use of the facilities, kitchen, shower room, sitting room etc and basic vegetarian ingredients for main meals, the resources and tools.

We are also asking for people to consider a donation on top of the £60 for our time and energy and to think about what that is based on what it is worth to you as a practitioner.

Spaces are limited. Email mail@kindlingplayandtraining.co.uk to book or call 07789723061

L3 Certificate in Forest school Leadership

An exciting opportunity to learn about the Forest School ethos and learn how to become a Forest School Leader. This is a nationally recognised qualification, the course is aimed at people wishing to establish and run a Forest School.

Course dates are 19, 20 ,21, 26,and 27th March 2018, skill assessment days 23 and 24th April 2018. Course location is Howe Park Education Centre, Milton Keynes.

The course is 7 days including 2 practical skill assessment days. To gain the certificate you will need to attend all 7 training days and complete a portfolio of evidence. This certificate usually takes 9 months to complete so you will need time to complete this portfolio and you will be required to lead 6 Forest School sessions to the same group. Entry requirements for this award apply.

This certificate is worth 14 credits and to gain the certificate you will need to complete the following units:

  • Supporting learning, play and development in the outdoors
  • Observation and evaluation of outdoor learning
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Teach outdoor practical skills
  • Forest School Leader.

Cost £800 per person, contact us to book.

L2 Award in Outdoor Learning Practice

Make learning memorable by delivering the curriculum outdoors. This short accredited course will inspire and give you the confidence to teach outdoors. Great for you, great for pupils and great for Ofsted. By completing this two and a half day course (and a short portfolio) you will be able to:

  • map outdoor learning activities to the curriculum including EYFS, KS1., KS2
  • identify areas for outdoor learning
  • complete safety checks
  • plan a programme of outdoor learning
  • understand the impacts on the outdoor learning environment.

Course delivered at Howe Park Education Centre Milton Keynes, 12/13th March and 17th April 2018.

L2 Award in Outdoor Learning Practice

Make learning memorable by delivering the curriculum outdoors. This short accredited course will inspire and give you the confidence to teach outdoors. Great for you, great for pupils and great for Ofsted.

By completing this two and a half day course (and a short portfolio) you will be able to:

  • map outdoor learning activities to the curriculum including EYFS, KS1., KS2
  • identify areas for outdoor learning
  • complete safety checks
  • plan a programme of outdoor learning
  • understand the impacts on the outdoor learning environment.

Course delivered at Howe Park Education centre, Milton Keynes, 15th / 16th October and 12th November (half day) 2018
Cost £250.00 pp.
Contact to book.

Fire & Food

– Forage and learn to use tinder found in springtime.

– Learn to light fires in the wet and different fire lays for inclement weather and different purposes (cooking / bad weather / safe fires to avoid forest fires in dry weather).

– Learn to light fire using friction techniques (bow drill, neolithic flint and steel, WW2 techniques, flint and steel).

– Spring recipes for wilderness cooking that can be done in a typical 2 hour outdoor learning session or for a campfire meal.

– Cook using a dutch oven; Polish Kotlich and Swedish skillet.

– Create wild teas and make dandelion coffee over the campfire.

– All participants will receive an ebook and a CPD Certificate.

Outdoor Learning Practitioner Qualification Level 2

Course Dates:
Participants attend 20th, 27th April & 18th May.
0930 – 1630 each day apart from 18th May which is 0900 – 1200hrs.

This is the nationally recognised QCF Level 2 qualification to become an Outdoor Learning Practitioner.

If you would like to run Outdoor Learning Sessions for groups, schools, pre-schools, nurseries, youth clubs or alternative educational provision with activities that are linked to a curriculum, this course is for you.

The course comprises of 2.5 days of training, plus a portfolio.

Once qualified, participants will have the skills, activity ideas, confidence and curriculum planning skills to run outdoor learning sessions for all ages linked to a curriculum. All participants will receive a nationally recognised certificate and e-badge which can be displayed online, in your signature block or in your literature.

Derbyshire Forest School Day 2018

Child in waterproofs playing with a mud creature

The annual gathering for Forest School Practitioners in Derbyshire

Come down to the woods and be inspired

The eighth Derbyshire Forest School Day is a chance for Forest School Practitioners from across the county to come together and continue their professional development. There will be a selection of workshops to choose from to develop new skills, deepen knowledge or discover new activities, information/updates and plenty of opportunity to share ideas and network with other Forest School Practitioners whilst joining in with demonstrations and ‘have a go’ activities.

Comments from Forest School Day 2017:
‘’Super time – swapped emails, loved hands on experiences’’
‘‘I just so enjoyed the day. Just observing but then having a go. A brilliant day!’’
‘’A great refresher of skills and a chance to connect with other practitioners’’
‘‘Lots of fun ideas to do outside. Lots to think about back at school’’
‘’Thank you for such an informative day. Food for thought. We will be back next year’’

Outcomes

By the end of the course, delegates will:

  • have had opportunity to network and share learning with other Forest School Practitioners from around the county
  • have learned new skills, activities or knowledge to utilise in their Forest School practice.

Booking Information

A large part of this day will involve activities outdoors whatever the weather so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing (waterproofs, flat sturdy shoes etc.). Please notify the course organiser of any specific needs you have. We recommend that you bring a camping chair if you would be more comfortable than sitting on the floor. We also recommend that you bring a camping mug so you can take your drinks outdoors. A packed lunch will be provided. Please bring along any additional snacks and drinks you may require (being outside a lot can be hungry work!).

The cost of this course is £50 per delegate, includes packed lunch and all workshops.

Audience

Level 2 and 3 Forest School Practitioners from across Derbyshire

Health, Wellbeing and Learning Outdoors Conference

With Health and Wellbeing high on the agenda in schools this conference promises to provide practical ways to develop and sustain the wellbeing of staff and pupils. A conference of current thinking, research and best practice delivered through inspiring speakers, hand-on workshops, a toolkit to take away and an amazing school venue.

The participants will understand how health and wellbeing can be delivered across all areas of the curriculum outdoors without adding to teacher’s workload.

Workshops include:

  • Forest School and Nurturing Success
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing
  • Mindfulness Working in schools
  • Art and Photography through Nature
  • Growth Mindset and the Great Outdoors
  • Planting and Special Spaces
  • Adventurous Minds are Healthy Minds
  • Nurturing and Mental Health
  • Woodlands and Writing for Wellbeing
  • Animals in school.

Sensible outdoor clothing required.

L2 Award in Assisting at Forest school

This 4 day course is designed for those who are assisting a Forest School Leader at Forest School, this course does not enable you to run Forest school Programmes.

This is a Level 2 OCN (QCF) course accredited by Agored Cymru.

This course is assessed through a portfolio and peer assessment. this course normally takes 6 months to complete. You will be required to assist in the delivery of Forest School sessions to achieve your qualification so you will need to have identified a Forest School Leader who you can work with.

This course is 8 credits and covers these units

  • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  • Outdoor Practical Skills
  • Assist at Forest School
  • Entry requirements:
    • 16 and over
    • Identified a Forest school Leader to work with
    • Level 1 Qualification or equivalent

Dates: 25th, 26th , 27th March and 13th May 2019.

Spring Celebrations – seasonal nature-based activities & crafts

This woodland workshop will explore ways to create simple seasonal celebrations outdoors. There will be lots of practical input and nature-based activities. Drawing on folklore, tree wisdom and the traditions of the Celtic festivals, we will also incorporate crafts using natural materials to make our own particular Spring celebration!

Please bring your own sunshine!

The course will include:
• An introduction to the celtic ‘wheel of the year’, associated folklore and festivals
• Ideas and inspiration for how nature and a range of natural resources can be used as a stimulus for exploring the seasons
• Creating & participating in our own spring celebration
• Deepen participants own connection to nature and the seasons.

This workshop is for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of how the seasons can be used as a stimulus for learning and celebrating when working with all ages and abilities and/or for personal interest & understanding.

Suitable for: Teachers, Parents, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Outdoor Educators and Forest School Practitioners, Home School Educators, Play Workers.

Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors – OCN Level 3

A 3-day accredited CPD course with Jon Cree (unaccredited option available).

We will unpick theory, look at real life case studies, outdoor activities and have chats round the fire!

The days will be participatory and crammed full of tips, ideas, and activities that can be used in any natural setting. There will be time and space to consider specific issues that participants may be encountering with specific individuals in their care.

If you opt for the accredited option you have the opportunity of gaining a level 3 accreditation (worth 3 credits) from the OCNWMR (please note that this option requires some assessment via discussion participation and coursework to meet assessment criteria).

The course will include:

  • What do behaviours communicate and what is ‘challenging behaviour’?
  • The 3 C’s – models for working with behaviour
  • Why outdoors? – what needs does the natural world cater for?
  • Interventions & De-escalation – ways of working with behaviours
  • A ‘needs – based’ approach and what needs the outdoors satisfy
  • How to work with various ‘needs’ from neuro-typical through to various ‘attachment’ needs, including ASD, sensory attachments and more!
  • Self- care – Looking after ourselves
  • Working within Educational Settings, including policy & procedures.

This course is for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of ‘challenging behaviour’ expressed by learners (of any age) and how working outdoors within a natural space can be a catalyst for change.

Suitable for: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Outdoor Educators and Forest School Practitioners, Home School Educators, Play Workers.

Cost: £295 accredited or £235 unaccredited.

Lost Words – the art of nature connecting through words & pictures

This one-day CPD workshop with Jon Cree will explore our emotional and nature literacy through simple oral and wordsmithing, and sketching.

Through sensory activity and observation we will be looking at narrative of story, prose and poetry. When this is combined with simple sketch and painting techniques in the outdoors a deeper connection is made with the natural world.

The day will use Jackie Morris’s and Robert MacFarlene’s gorgeous book ‘The Lost Words’ to literally journal our way into nature. The day will be participatory and crammed full of tips, ideas and activities that can be used in any natural setting.

The workshop will include:

  • Ways of working outside through the seasons to build students observation and journaling abilities
  • Integrating a more holistic way of working outside combining literacy, art and science
  • Understanding how words and pictures can be used to support learning and nature connection
  • A range of outdoor, nature-based activities to start your repertoire to use with learners.

The course is for anyone wanting to enrich Literacy, Art, Nature Connection and Outdoor Learning opportunities through words, pictures and poetry in the outdoor environment.

Suitable for: Primary Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Outdoor Educators and Forest School Practitioners, Home School Educators.

Landplay Therapy

Post qualifying training for Play Therapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

This two-day training will provide you with the tools you need to extend your therapeutic practice to include indoor and outdoor sessions.

Landplay training ensures the practitioner is confident in providing safe and boundaried therapeutic play space in a natural outdoor environment. It encourages practitioners to incorporate a simplified tool kit with a focus on more natural materials.

Those participating in the training need to have studied Person Centred Counselling and be a qualified child and/or adult counsellor and/or need to have trained in Jungian or Person centred approach and have a post graduate qualification.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 17th, 18th & 19th June OR 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.