Outdoor Education in the School Yard

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Dates: 27/4/21 & 4/5/21

Time: 3.30pm-5.00pm

Tutor: Carmel Moore

Venue:  Online Webinar

 

This workshop/ series of workshops will illustrate how using the outdoors within the primary school context offers exposure to a gamut of possibilities to allow a nature connection to develop and flourish. It is through this deep love of nature at a young age that an attitude and aptitude for environmental protection can be fostered and climate change awareness can be instilled. As David Attenborough says ‘No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced’.  The workshop will provide an opportunity for the educators to begin to develop a nature connection for themselves, strengthening their desire to protect it. It will provide lots of practical ideas of how to bring the children outside for meaningful learning across the curriculum. 

 

For just one session learning outcomes are as follows:

 

• That the participants will be able to answer why we should bother using the  outdoors for education across the curriculum?

• That the participants can begin to develop a nature connection for themselves and see its potential for education in our primary schools

• That the participants will come away with practical ideas for using the outdoors in school

• That the participants will be provided with useful links to further their learning in outdoor education in the school environment

 

If you decide to go for the series of three sessions the first session will have the same outcomes as above allowing the teacher to develop their own nature connection and appreciate its value for their well being. 

 

The second session will focus on how to use the outdoors to teach SPHE and SESE with a focus on Science. 

- That the participant will come away with practical ideas about how to use the outdoors to teach science skills of 

• observing 

• hypothesising 

• predicting 

• investigating and experimenting

 • testing 

• analysing

-  That the participant will understand how to use the outdoors to teach science skills of  designing and making. 

-That the participants can begin to continue develop a nature connection for themselves

- That the participant will develop an awareness of how to use the outdoors to facilitate experiences for the children in history and geography. 

- That the participant can appreciate the value of the outdoors for children's well being.