'Your environment!' A creative outdoor learning day for primary school teachers organised by Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Thursday 14th March 2013
Weald & Downland will be running a training day in collaboration with the Eden Project and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust to provide primary teachers with practical ideas for creative outdoor learning.
The day will run from 10 am until 3.30 pm, and participants will take part in engaging, active sessions led by educators from the Museum, the Eden Project and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Working in small groups, the aim is to make teachers feel confident with new, practical ideas to use in lessons which fit perfectly into the curriculum.
Outline for the day
10.00 Welcome and introduction to the day
10.10 Keynote speaker: Susan Humphries, Founder and former Headteacher of the Coombes School, in Berkshire. Since 1971 this school has become internationally renowned for its innovative approach, most significantly using the school grounds as an exceptional outdoor classroom. Susan will discuss their educational approach and provide inspiration for outdoor learning.
11.00 Workshop 1 (Participants will be divided into groups so that everyone attends each workshop; session details are below)
12.00 Workshop 2
14.00 Workshop 3
15.00 Plenary session
Session 1: Outdoor literacy (Eden Project)
Explore how working outdoors can give your pupils reasons to read and write and great stuff to write about [and weird things to write with]. This session is a chance to try out some easy-to-resource literacy activities. Perhaps you'll create ingredients for a magic potion, or a spell to bring your hero home or maybe a tree that can talk...
Session 2: It's a Bugs Life! (Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust)
See how natural materials attract, sustain and involve different insects in an easy to see, child friendly environment. Simple to build with children and, once made, they will watch in amazement how the insects that come to stay will feed, breed and work together.
The wooden framework with pockets of natural materials such as bamboo, straw etc will gradually attract all sorts of insects who make homes and nests so children will spot seasonal changes.
Proving the basic conservation message that, with the right environment, animals large or small will thrive and look after themselves in the wild.
Session 3: Fun with maths in the great outdoors (Weald & Downland Open Air Museum)
All around us, in our natural and built environment, are shapes, designs and puzzles which we can use to engage younger learners. Much work here to conserve our historical environment has relied on mathematical skills, such as measuring , surveying and recording. In this session you will be out and about on the Museum site, using materials that can be directly translated into your school setting.
The day costs £40 per person, including a light lunch, teas and coffees. £35 for trainee teachers.
If your school is to be invoiced please complete the form below. If you would prefer to pay by card, please phone us on 01243 811028 or sent a cheque made payable to the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0EU. E:
Please note that bookings can not be refunded under three weeks before the event, but a substitute delegate from your organisation can be provided.
Further details with the online booking are here: