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We offer free one day courses for staff from Primary Schools, Nurseries and a select few for Secondary School staff (marked with an *). All are associated with outdoor learning, growing and mental health.

The majority of courses are held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate with occasional courses held at other venues around Yorkshire. Our courses start at 9.30am and finish at 3pm and include refreshments and lunch unless otherwise stated.

Please book online via the link below where you will be redirected to eventbrite.

Autumn Term Courses 2021

Click on the courses below to read the full course description.

Wednesday 6th October - Keeping Warm, Keeping Dry (Campfires & Den Building) - EYFS, KS1 & KS2

Teachers will experience a range of skills and techniques for building dens and shelters along with learning the safe set up of campfires. These skills can be taken back to school to create exciting and engaging lessons for your class.

Over the day the group will learn and follow safe working practices around a campfire; how to set up a fire area, what safety considerations to take, lay, build light and maintain the campfire, with the added challenge to make a hot drink.

A variety of materials will be used to create a shelter village around the campfire which will incorporate teamwork and developing practical skills such as learning different knots.

Links to the National Curriculum, topics and books/stories will be explored so these skills can be incorporated into your lesson planning.

This course takes place outdoors for the majority of the day, please dress in outdoor clothing and bring warm layers, waterproofs and both indoor and outdoor footwear.

Monday 11th October - Supporting Autism & Neurodiversity in the Outdoors - KS1, KS2 & above*

This course will explore autism friendly pedagogy and showcase a number of effective strategies such as Sensory Circuits and Sensory Stories. Autism friendly pedagogy is good practice for everyone!

***Please bring along a book to turn into a sensory version on the day.***

*This course is also suitable for secondary teachers who support students with SEND and complex needs.

This course takes place outdoors for the majority of the day, please dress in outdoor clothing and bring warm layers, waterproofs and both indoor and outdoor footwear.

Thursday 14th October - Playful Science - EYFS & KS1

A day of activities, games & experiments using the woods, the field and easily available (often natural) materials. We’ll focus on ways to explore seasons & the weather, discover plants & animals, investigate materials and deal with whatever is happening on the day.

This course takes place outdoors for the majority of the day, please dress in outdoor clothing and bring warm layers, waterproofs and both indoor and outdoor footwear.

Monday 8th November - Don’t Panic: it’s a Climate Emergency - KS1, KS2 & KS3*

Participate in a selection of climate conscious crafts to develop climate literacy across the curriculum. This course includes short workshops which aim to spark discussion around the climate crisis and how it relates to our everyday lives and to empower young people to make a difference locally and to feel hopeful for the future.

*This course is also suitable for secondary teachers.

This course takes place outdoors for the majority of the day, please dress in outdoor clothing and bring warm layers, waterproofs and both indoor and outdoor footwear.

Wednesday 10th November - Muddy Maths - EYFS & KS1

Investigate different uses for natural materials and ways to use simple equipment in delivering maths in the outdoor world. We focus of EYFS and KS1. Come along and get ideas of stories, games and activities that can be easily used and adapted to different school environments – play and sports fields; large or small wooded areas; and on playgrounds.

This course takes place outdoors for the majority of the day, please dress in outdoor clothing and bring warm layers, waterproofs and both indoor and outdoor footwear.

Thursday 11th November - Forest School Fun: A Taster Session – EYFS, KS1 & KS2

This course introduces the concept and principles of Forest School. Explore the learning opportunities and experience taster activities such as den-building, using ropes and building a campfire. It is an ideal introduction to those considering undertaking formal Forest School training.

This course takes place outdoors for the majority of the day, please dress in outdoor clothing and bring warm layers, waterproofs and both indoor and outdoor footwear.

Monday 29th November - Using Outdoor learning to support Intent Implementation and Impact (OFSTED 2019) - KS1 & KS2

The role outdoor learning can play in any school curriculum has become ever more pertinant and relevant since COVID 19. OFSTED’s new framework released in 2019 supports  a  broad and balanced curriculum, and effective outdoor learning in turn supports the same aim. With this shift in mind, this course looks at how outdoor learning can broaden and deepen your school’s offer. Whatever your intent, outdoor learning can support you to enrich the skills, learning and experience of all children throughout their school life and beyond.

During the day, we will look at the benefits of outdoor learning and how it supports OFSTEDs new framework, giving participants the skills to take all aspects of the curriculum outdoors and helping them disseminate this information for a whole school approach.

We will look at methods of taking the curriculum outside, illustrating along the way, how it helps disadvantaged learners, broadens vocabulary and offers contextualised learning. Participants will recognise many of the methods used, but will experience how this learning can be transferred to a different setting to help embed learning and offer a range of memorable experiences that support the national curriculum.

***Participants are invited to bring some topic planning, including learning outcomes, with them for part of this workshop.***

This course takes place outdoors for the majority of the day, please dress in outdoor clothing and bring warm layers, waterproofs and both indoor and outdoor footwear.

For further information please contact Kate Kirby, Charitable Activities Coordinator, on 01423 546283 or email education@yas.co.uk

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