Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day Logo

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. In 2017, over 2.3 million children worldwide took part, more than 580,000 of those were in the UK and Ireland. 

Outdoor learning improves children’s healthengages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilienceteamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 

It’s easy to get involved and there is something everyone can do! 

If you’re a teacher and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? If you already get outdoors regularly, use the day to celebrate what you’re doing and inspire other teachers around the world to join in. 

If you’re a parent, talk to your child’s school about the importance of outdoor learning and play and encourage them to get involved. Think about how you can spend more time outdoors as a family too and inspire other parents to do the same. 

If you work for an organisation that cares about children, nature, education or the environment, speak to us about how you can get involved. We’re always looking for partners to help spread the message far and wide. 

So that schools can participate on a day that fits with their term times, the UK and Ireland campaign has two dates in 2018 — Thursday 17 May and Thursday 1 November. Sign up below for one or both and help build a movement that gets children outdoors to play and learn every day! 

Lots of resources for teachers, practitioners & parents here.

#OutdoorClassroomDay

Early Childhood Outdoors: Being at Home Outside

With your involvement, this development day will be a shared opportunity to:
• Grow and strengthen the ‘meshwork’ of those sharing the mission of increasing the amount, time and quality of experiences outdoors for all young children;
• Hear how the work and action of Early Childhood Outdoors is developing;
• Consider how involvement in the ECO meshwork can support both your current work and what you want to achieve;
• Meet other outdoor champions from across the UK and spark possibilities for collaboration;
• Map out ways to grow the momentum for outdoor play in the UK.

Where?  The Showroom, a unique cultural hub situated in the heart of Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter and opposite the main train station
How can I get there? National links by rail to Sheffield Station are good and ample nearby parking by QPark is half price for conference delegates (Charles Street only but NOT the QPark at the station).
How much? We are very keen to have you join us, and as PlayGarden and Muddy Faces are once again generously supporting the event, we have been able to limit the cost per participant to £65.00 per person, including refreshments and a great locally sourced lunch.
To register, please return the Booking Form to Jayne at info@earlychildhoodoutdoors.org

Speakers

Niki Buchan has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood, with a deep concern about children’s mental health and trauma. Trusting children as being capable and competent, able to assess and take their own risks and face challenges, she believes all children have a right to regular access to nature and to have their voices heard in matters that affect them. A leading voice in promoting nature-based practice, Niki
works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue and mentor, and has been invited to work in the UK, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, SouthKorea, China, Norway, Denmark and South Africa. Also award-winning author of Children in wild nature: a practical guide to nature-based practice, Adventurous play and STEM Detectives, she is mother of four adult children, an adventurer, keen photographer and is usually surrounded by children!

Sue Stokoe is Headteacher of Boldon Outdoor Nursery School in South Tyneside, North East England. For the past 13 years she has had the pleasure of leading staff, parents and governors on a journey to develop the nursery from the traditional stand-alone maintained nursery school it was to the award-winning and internationally-renowned centre of excellence it is today. The nursery school operates outdoors for over 90% of each session, learning in and with nature through its seasons and elements.

Conference Programme

Conference programme includes two exciting keynotes plus plenty of time for networking and professional discussions

10.00 Arrival, registration and refreshments
10:30 Welcome and introduction: Jan White
10:45 Niki Buchan, international education consultant with Natural Learning Early Childhood
Consultancy in Australia. International perspectives on nature based provision and practice
11:45 Coffee break & exhibits
12.00 Meeting, sharing & networking discussions
12:45 Dandelion Award followed by lunch & exhibits
1.45 Sue Stokoe, Head of Boldon Outdoor Nursery School (TES School of the Year winner 2016). Becoming and being an outdoor-focused maintained nursery school: starting points, challenges, successes and aspirations
2:45 Early Childhood Outdoors coordinators – sharing developments in the ECO meshwork and our strands of activity
3:30 Moving onwards and upwards discussions
4:30 Summary and close.

Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day Logo

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. In 2018, over 3.5 million children worldwide took part, more than 550,000 of those were in the UK and Ireland. 

Outdoor learning improves children’s healthengages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilienceteamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 

It’s easy to get involved and there is something everyone can do! 

If you’re a teacher and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? If you already get outdoors regularly, use the day to celebrate what you’re doing and inspire other teachers around the world to join in. 

If you’re a parent, talk to your child’s school about the importance of outdoor learning and play and encourage them to get involved. Think about how you can spend more time outdoors as a family too and inspire other parents to do the same. 

If you work for an organisation that cares about children, nature, education or the environment, speak to us about how you can get involved. We’re always looking for partners to help spread the message far and wide. 

So that schools can participate on a day that fits with their term times, the UK and Ireland campaign has two dates each year. The next Outdoor Classroom Days are on Thursday 23 and May and Thursday 7 November 2019. Sign up online for one or both and help build a movement that gets children outdoors to play and learn every day!’

Mad about the Boy

Boy’s learning in EYFS and Year 1

The day has been carefully designed to close the gap, accelerate progress, motivate and engage attitudes to learning and raise attainment for disadvantaged boys.

There will be a range of fantastic workshops and experiences to attend and we have secured high calibre of inspiring and carefully selected speakers, under one roof, for one day only in the North West including:

  • Ben Kingston – inspiredchildren.org.uk
  • Greg Bottrill – Can I go and Play Now?
  • Simon Hunt – Improving Boys’ Literacy through ICT
  • Sally Wright – Fantastic Tuff Trays for boys
  • Janna White – Fun Phonics
  • Muddy faces – Den Building

Outdoor Learning Conference: Myth Busting Outdoors!

poster for outdoor learning conference Nov 2019

A chance to reflect upon risk taking, challenge and adventure in early childhood

Start the new academic year with an inspirational morning all about learning outdoors. Hear keynote speaker Kathryn Solly and look around our outstanding provision to give you lots of tips and ideas to take back to your own setting.

Key Information as follows:

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019
  • 9.30am -1.00pm (approx)
  • Keynote speaker: Kathryn Solly
  • Pikes Lane Primary School, Gibraltar Street, Bolton, BL3 5HU
  • Site tour including; 2 year old provision, EYFS and Forest School site
  • Refreshments and light lunch included
  • Stalls from related businesses
  • Raffle including prizes from great businesses like Muddy Faces

The morning will include an introduction by Chloe Grey (@missgreyandplay) and refreshments. This will give you time to browse the stalls and enter the exciting raffle. The seminar will then start at 10.00am and will include a short break. At around 12.15pm the seminar will be followed by a light lunch and tour of the setting. You will have a chance to see the outstanding provision including the Preschool (two year old) and Early Years classrooms and outdoor areas and also the newly developed Forest School provision. The event will finish at around 1.00pm but you are welcome to depart at your convenience.

Please contact Chloe Grey with any questions or comments either via social media (@missgreyandplay) or by email: missgreyandplay@gmail.com

About the keynote Speaker: Kathryn Solly

Kathryn Solly (@SollyKathryn) started life as a secondary school teacher on Voluntary Service Overseas in Papua New Guinea for two years. Since then she has taught across all the phases of education including a short time in an Albanian kindergarten. She realised that if she was to really make a difference she had to re-train to teach in the early years and has since achieved a special needs qualification and an M.A. in Early Education and Care.

After two nursery school posts outside London both involving garden development projects, she became the Head teacher of Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children’s Centre for nearly 17 years. Here Kathryn developed a highly inclusive learning community in cosmopolitan Chelsea, building upon the creative learning ethos started by COA’s founder – Dr. Susan Isaacs.

She was awarded the Unilever Fellowship researching aspects of Early Years Leadership and Management. She has contributed to several journals and books on a variety of aspects of early childhood pedagogy, practices and partnerships. Her first book ‘Adventure, Risk and Challenge in the Early Years’ was published in 2014. She is now writing ‘Leading Learning Outdoors from Birth to Seven.’

Kathryn now concentrates on specialist early childhood consulting, training and authorship. She is a Froebel Trust Travelling Trainer, an Associate for Early Education, Vice Chair of the Early Childhood Forum, and a leading member of Keeping Early Years Unique. She continues to be fascinated by young children’s learning, the pioneers, nature and the world around us and is continuing to explore it with a variety of practitioners in her daily work and research. She also enjoys ‘hands-on’ experiences with her grandchildren.

Host: Pikes Lane Primary School

Pikes Lane Primary School is situated close to the centre of Bolton in Greater Manchester. It is a two-form entry, outstanding primary school that serves a multi-cultural and diverse community. It has several areas of outdoor provision for its early years pupils and has recently developed an area of Forest School provision on site.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Creating outdoor spaces that connect young children with the natural world with Jan White

 ECO (Early Childhood Outdoors) Annual Gathering 2020, Sheffield.

‘Weaving the Early Childhood Outdoors meshwork through keynotes, discussions and connections

Early Childhood Outdoors (ECO) is a social enterprise seeking to increase the amount and quality of outdoor experience for young children across the UK, through collaborative and enabling work with a wide range of development, teaching, research and design organisations providing support in this field, in order to maximise impact. Founded in 2017, we aim to connect organisations and individuals, to build support capacity, and to deepen the pedagogy of being, playing and learning outdoors.

EARLY CHILDHOOD OUTDOORS
 – The National Centre for Outdoor Play, Learning and Wellbeing

 

EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL 31.01.2020

Forest School Training Level 3

Forest School Training Level 3 with an FSA Endorsed Trainer!
Takes place in East Sussex and near Brighton.

Part 1: (4 days) Wednesday 18th March, Thursday 19th March at Mill Woods, Monday 23rd March & Tuesday 24th March at Parkwood Campsite.
Part 2: (3 days) Wednesday 29th April, Thursday 30th April & Friday 1st May 2020 at Mill Woods.
Part 3: (2 days) Tuesday 2nd June & Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at Mill Woods.

Approved by the Forest School Association and awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands, this Level 3 Certificate provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare learners for employment as a Forest School Leader.

The training will combine key principles of Forest School with best practice from Environment and Nature Education, child development, the world of play (wild, free and therapeutic play) delivered by our professional team who have many years experience.

Circle of Life Training are now providing online learning resources to supplement this in-depth direct training. These documents are laid out in an easy to understand format that link to the Forest School Units. We also supply useful video material, links to best practice, a student upload to share valuable resources and the option to download resources for you to keep.

Full training fee = £920

More details: https://www.circleofliferediscovery.com/index.php?page=forest-school-training

Messy Maths with Juliet Robertson

Get real, get messy, get maths, get outside. Come and spend a wonderful day in the woods, with Juliet Robertson, the author of the multi-award winning book, Messy Maths. Together you will explore the five “R’s” of Messy Maths:

Rights – every child is mathematical and has the right to have learn about and explore maths.
Routines – embedding key maths concepts into your daily routines.
Resources – open-ended, low cost materials which can be used in lots of different ways with different ages and abilities of children.
Responsibilities of the adults – how to follow children’s lead and articulate the learning which happens through a play-based approach. It also includes ways of involving families in developing a child’s love of maths.
Re-imagining your outdoor space – developing maths-rich provision in any outdoor space be this a concrete jungle, woodland paradise or something else.

Date: 21st May 2020.
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Cost: £120. If you are attending the Literacy Day also, the fee is £220 for the two days.
Time: 09.00 – 15.30

Lighting the Literacy Fire with Juliet Robertson

Come and spend a busy, happy day with Juliet Robertson, exploring literacy outside. Together, we:

Explore the practicalities of developing any outdoor space as a literacy-rich environment on a shoestring budget using natural materials and sustainable approaches.
Look at approaches to ensuring your children become prolific mark makers outside using a range of creative approaches and through careful attention to their physical development.
Consider the joy of facilitating many contexts for listening and talking.
Ensure that a range of texts and narratives are an everyday part of your outdoor practice.

Date: 22nd May 2020.
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Cost: £120 or £220 if booking Messy Maths also.
Time: 09.00 – 15.30