Little Forest Folk – CPD Training

We recently gave a presentation and delivered a workshop at the National Associate of Head Teachers conference and as such, requests for individual training and site visits have been coming in thick and fast. Our capacity to cope with the level of enquiries has officially hit its limit!

In response, as we know so many of you are extremely keen to see what we do at Little Forest Folk, to feel inspired and to ask those burning ‘how do you..?’ questions, we are excited to announce the launch of Little Forest Folk training days.

Little Forest Folk training days will take place in Wimbledon, South West London on selected dates in 2018 for small groups limited to a maximum of 16 attendees per training day.

Cost: £40 Half Day / £125 Full Day

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.

Resilience Outdoor Alternative Education

Outdoor Education programme for Alternative Education Provision.

Designed for ASD, ADHD, SEMH participants.

Incorporating elements of Forest School, Outdoor Learning and John Muir Awards, we focus on building resilience through development of self esteem, self confidence, understanding of the world, emotional literacy, new perspectives, communication and physical skills.

Outstanding Outdoor Learning – RFS Teaching Trees

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Teacher Training Event

Deepen your understanding of Outdoor Learning with a packed day of activities to take away and use with your groups.

  • Equipping and planning outdoor learning.
  • Alternative approaches – Reggio, Montessori, Forest School
  • Developing resilience and resourcefulness in your learners
  • Muddy Maths, Creative Literacy and Topic Links for all ages

FREE for all primary teachers and TAs.

Location – Ranton, Staffordshire

For details and to book your place please email becky.wilkinson@teachingtrees.org.uk

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 Outdoor Learning Practice

This two and a half day course is designed to get you teaching outdoors.

You will experience practical low cost outdoor activities linked to the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculum.
You will understand the benefits of holistic outdoor learning and understand the environmental impacts.
You will plan and prepare sessions, identify where these can take place and be able to identify the hazards and risks involved.
You will need to deliver 2 outdoor learning sessions as part of this qualification, so you will need to have a group and site identified.

This course is assessed by portfolio and usually takes 6 months to complete. This course is 5 credits and you will cover the following units:

  • Outdoor Learning Practitioner
  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  • Entry requirements:
    • Aged 16 years or over
    • Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE)
    • Current DBS Check
    • A suitable First Aid qualification is useful to complement this course.

Wilderness and Adventure in the Early Years

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This course will introduce you to the idea of how we can ignite children’s natural desire to become explorers, adventurers and inventors. We want them to see and experience the world through every sense.

  • Consider in more depth (drawing on research) why we need to re-focus on nature.
  • We will look into how we can live more in the moment.
  • Develop collections of fascinations.
  • Cherish the questions the children ask and use these as a starting point.
  • Find out about settings that already take this approach to learning.
  • Understand what high quality provision looks like for understanding the world and look into resourcing and books.
  • Explore how young children have a role to play in sustainable development.
  • Practical ideas to implement into your practice.

9-9:30- An introduction to Wilderness and Adventure
9:30- Embracing the elements of the seasons
10:30- Break
10.45-12:00- Using the outdoors to promote a love for Literacy
1:00- Mystical Maths Outdoors
2:00- 3:00- Deepening the love for adventure and exploring through Bushcaft

This course is perfect for those wanting to implement more nature based learning in their setting.

Time will be spent working outdoors throughout the day.

Inspiring Natural Learning Outdoors across the Curriculum

a boy holding out his hand, observing two snails on his palm

This interactive course is for all those working within early childhood. It will provide a balance of theory, lots of ideas and examples, some practical ideas to try out and lively discussion exploring why and how practitioners can ensure that young children get the best start through leading quality learning outside.

Trainer: Kathryn Solly

It will look at:

  • why outdoor learning matters
  • how to engage with natural and sustainable resources
  • making meaningful connections to the COEL and ELG
  • provide several practical outdoor experiences for you to try out and take back
  • to your setting/school.

Price

• Members £150, or with early bird discount* (until 12 April 2019) £120
• Non-members £180, or with early bird discount* (until 12 April 2019) £150
* NB early bird discount is applied automatically if available: for the Member rate, please login to your account.

Book three training days at once, or three places on a course, and save £20 on each of them!
To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3 – the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.

Book through: www.early-education.org.uk

 

Photo: Muddy Faces

Inspiring Natural Learning Outdoors across the Curriculum

a girl holding a snail, observing it

This interactive course is for all those working within early childhood. It will provide a balance of theory, lots of ideas and examples, some practical ideas to try out and lively discussion exploring why and how practitioners can ensure that young children get the best start through leading quality learning outside.

Trainer: Kathryn Solly

It will look at:

  • why outdoor learning matters
  • how to engage with natural and sustainable resources
  • making meaningful connections to the COEL and ELG
  • provide several practical outdoor experiences for you to try out and take back to your setting/school.

Price

• Members £150, or with early bird discount* (until 12 April 2019) £120
• Non-members £180, or with early bird discount* (until 12 April 2019) £150
* NB early bird discount is applied automatically if available: for the Member rate, please login to your account.

Book three training days at once, or three places on a course, and save £20 on each of them! 
To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3 – the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.

Book through: www.early-education.org.uk

 

Photo: Muddy Faces

Forest Level 3

a group of small children in waterproof and high vis vests, sitting round a fire pit, with 2 men giving them drinks

Forest School Learning Initiative is delighted to extend the provision of Forest School Leader Training in Bristol to enable more practitioners to lead Forest School Sessions in their settings.

Forest School is a long-term holistic learning process that aims to raise self-awareness and self-esteem in participants. Regular sessions take place in a woodland environment, where the landscape itself adds to the experience of learning. Qualified practitioners, trained in child development, self-esteem and learning theories facilitate sessions to gain personal outcomes for each participant.

Forest School can be applied to all age groups and abilities and can be linked to the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers children and young people opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.

You will:

  • Attend 5 core course days
  • Complete assignment work in a portfolio of evidence (approximately 50 hrs of study)
  • Be assessed practically doing a Forest School session in your workplace
  • Be assessed practically on the course
  • Attend 2 practical skills days.

Dates: 30th April, 7th May, 15th May, 21st May and 4th June, with Skills Days on 16th and 17th September
Lead Facilitators: Forest Schools Learning Initiative
Audience: All teachers and early years practitioners working in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with children from birth to 5 years who want to lead Forest Schools
Cost: Please contact office@fsli.co.uk or call 01242 602476 for costs and a booking form

Outdoor Classroom Day

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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!’