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Teaching Outdoors - Creative Outdoor Learning Award (COLA)

Target audience:

Primary/Nursery Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Outline of event:

This 8 hour course involves a full day (09.00 - 17.00) sessions. A further 2 hour assessment (during a twilight session) is also necessary the following term to complete the course and achieve the award. A suitable date and venue for this assessment will be arranged after discussion with all candidates.
Additional bespoke courses might also be possible by arrangement.

Learning and Teaching Outcomes:

The overall aim is to develop the competence and confidence to teach effectively outside the classroom - especially using the school's own grounds. The course will encourage teachers to explore the potential of using outdoor environments and to appreciate the place of experiential learning.
At the end of the course, participants should know how to:
* plan and prepare for lessons outside
* develop and use resources to promote learning
* organise and lead activities such as fire making and lighting,outdoor cooking, shelter building etc (see programme below)
* identify and manage risks sensibly and proportionately
* manage groups safely and control behaviour effectively outdoors
* deliver quality lessons outdoors that inspire and enhance learning
* recognise potential cross curricular links and opportunities
* evaluate the effectiveness of outdoor learning

The impact upon the pupils should be positive and measurable in terms of:
* behaviour
* motivation
* attainment

The total cost for the 8-hr training and 1 x 2-hr assessment(including logbook and attendance certificate) will be £90 per person (for schools that have bought into Ed Visits SLA - prices for other non SLA schools can be requested). Spaces will be limited so early booking is recommended. Participants will only be accredited with the COLA award if they are deemed suitably competent during the course, and during a final assessment (which will take place during a twilight session during the following term on a date to be decided)

Participants will be given logbooks in which to record their outdoor teaching experience.

Participants will need to obtain a suitable 1-day first aid qualification before they can be accredited as ERYC "Creative Outdoor Learning Award" holders.

Sample programme

Appreciating and understanding nature
Teaching the curriculum outdoors
Orienteering and use of maps
Problem solving
Pond dipping
Environmental art
Use of gardens _ vegetables and flowers
Fire building and lighting
Cooking and eating outdoors
Shelter building
Use of simple tools and knots
Safety - risk assessment/management
Developing the school grounds for learning

Tutors will normally include:
Taff Bowles, ERYC Educational Visits and Outdoor Learning Officer
Cindy Stephenson, Humber Forest School level 3 tutor

We expect that all CPD will involve integral evaluation processes


Participants will be asked to bring and share ideas and resources.

Online resources:

See Learning Outside the Classroom website


item code ~ event 144
Event Facilitator: Taff Bowles


These are the dates for this event

Fri 28 Sep 2018-North Cave Primary School

Fri 17 May 2019-Skidby CE VC Primary School

Fri 5 Jul 2019-Kingsway Primary School Goole

for SLA schools inc. SLA Academies

for non-SLA Academies

for non-SLA LA schools

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