Schools Outdoor Learning
Delivered by our qualified teacher and Accredited Practitioner for the Institute of Outdoor Learning
We have a number of different packages. From individual class experiences to whole school Outdoor Learning training and support or a cluster Outdoor Festival. Whatever your educational need we can design a be-spoke outdoor experience or training for you.
OCUK ran a training day for 84 LSA's in Outdoor Learning.
Challenge Days are set to enhance your teamwork with a number of inspirational problem solving activities. These can be themed to fit in with your current individual curricular needs or made be-spoke to cater for specific problems occurring i.e.communication, cooperation or leadership.
Schools have an opportunity to use the Challenge day in a unique way. Prior to the activity day, the group works on forming teams through discussion and collaboration in the classroom, experimenting with small problem solving activities. Then on the day they can put the theory into practice on a larger Challenge. During the day data can be recorded, which can be used at a later date to inform others of the team performance or create part of a report.
Whole school challenges can be arranged where all classes from reception to year 6 can be included in an exciting and innovative fun learning experience.
Outdoor Learning in your school.
We can come in and take one class for Outdoor learning. This could be an 'Outdoor' follow up and enhance some learning that is already being taught or we can design a be-spoke lesson for an Outdoor Learning experience.
The approach could be a day where numerous classes in different Key Stages rotate through the learning - we will differentiate the be spoke Outdoor Learning for you.
Some schools have taken advantage of the package and have organised their PPA time together and we will cover the classes with Outdoor Learning. Others plan ahead where staff are away on courses and then use the time for Outdoor Learning experiences.
Whole School Outdoor Learning
With the new Curriculum for Wales 2022 there is a fantastic opportunity to introduce Outdoor Learning to experience many aspects of the AoLE's in an exciting and memorable way.
We are working with a number of schools presently to train staff to deliver and inspire learning in this Outdoor Pedagogy.
Get in touch for a chat on how we can help your school take this area forwards in your environment.
Outdoor Mindfulness Project
Whole Day Course
Using activities in Mindfulness and the inspiration of the Tipi this day long course is both active and thought provoking. There are plenary activities that can be developed after the day has finished to enable pupils to continue their Mindfulness journey.
Half Termly Course
This longer course using weekly half-day sessions allows for a greater insight into Mindfulness & Well Being. It uses a framework of First Nation Values creating an inspirational format for pupils. This longer course also enables students to work towards the John Muir Award.
Contact us for further details of this exciting new project or go to our
Transition projects are arranged be-spoke to each school or cluster group.
An example being the Catholic schools cluster from Newport involving 8 year five classes from 7 schools. The schools were paired together and had a day of problem solving and teamwork on their school site. During the afternoon parents were invited to join the activities as part of the engagement project. At the end of the project all the schools came together for a huge event in a Newport park which involved more activities which brought all 210 pupils to solve one large STEM challenge together.
Contact for a visit to discuss a similar project in your school or cluster.
RSPB Wild Challenge
This package uses the 'RSPB Wild Challenge' as a focus for the Outdoor Learning within the grounds of the school. Each class has the opportunity to Experience and Help Nature which can visit all 6 AoLE's during activities such as; Wild Writing, Plant Safari, Looking closer, Wildlife exploring, Mini Beast Safari, Weather Wizard, Habitat explorers and then share with other classes or parents to celebrate the presentation of certificates at the end of the project.
NOLA can be used with different ages, needs, outdoor environments (on-site, woodland, hill, sea etc.), different activities (outdoor, adventure, field study, environmental) and with single and multiple session programmes
NOLA assists learners to develop high levels of motivation, esteem, skill, knowledge and desire to learn.
NOLA provides evidence of development in three areas - self, others and the environment.
NOLA gives outdoor learning professionals and organisations the opportunity to embed personal development into their delivery.
A fantastic way to experience the Health and Well Being AoLE within the New Curriculum.
Using Outdoor Learning we use this framework to look at personal development and relationships whilst completing activities. These sessions can be followed by activities and evidence gathering.
The end of the Award gives each individual a Certificate and Badge.