Environmental Education & Field Study Centre

INSET / CPD

Education is not the filling of the pail but the lighting of a fire!   

Through our CPD / inset programme we are  passionate about sharing, inspiring and developing confidence in educators to create, relevant and meaningful geography, history and cross curricular outdoor learning sessions with focused outcomes balanced with the joy of awe and wonder. Through 25 years of working with individual and groups of schools in the  UK and abroad  at all stages of learning in variety of indoor & outdoor classroom settings, we recognise the way of achieving improved outcomes and experiences for pupils is through the professional and creative development of teachers.

This key question led enquiry-based approach teaches important subject knowledge whilst emphasising the significance of teachers allowing time and opportunity for pupils to master key subject skills and outcomes by ‘doing less better’.

We work with leading primary practitioners across the country and Europe, Individual schools, academies , the Institute of Education –UCL, SCITT, The Geographical Association,  The Royal Geographical Society, Oviedo University-Spain, IAPS, AQA,  and are an approved provider for the Global Learning Programme – Wales

Gyles, thank you so much for the work you did with us last week. Everyone was really inspired and encouraged by what you said and did with us. I have had several excited emails this week from teachers who have taken their teaching outside and who have said that the children have enjoyed and really learnt in an exciting way.  Helen Smith Montacute Primary School 

Here are a few examples of our courses on offer at Naturesbase ,  at various conference venues, at your school and online. 

  1. Outdoor Learning Conference

Using the school grounds to deliver challenging learning and teaching across the curriculum: Foundation Phase – Year 6

 These days will be a very practical and interactive day which will meet the needs of educators new to outdoor learning as well as those with more experience. As part of the course all delegates will receive a range of FREE outdoor learning and teaching activities to use in the context of their own schools.  These are all linked to National Curriculum subject content as well as SMSC and will also serve as models which colleagues can use to plan and resource their own outdoor learning enquiries.  Most of the day will be outdoors so please dress appropriately.

Key Objectives: all colleagues will leave:

  • Having gained practical experience of high quality outdoor learning and teaching at different stages;
  • Understanding the key principles of designing and resourcing challenging and progressive outdoor learning in subjects across the curriculum and to support SMSC;
  • With increased confidence, resources and inspiration to design and resource their own programmes of outdoor learning.

 

Feedback From Autumn Conferences 2018

Out of 140 teachers, 90% said the day was very well presented and very relevant to school improvement, and 10% said it was well presented and relevant.

Loved the ‘hands on’ approach with this training.  Loved the big question approach – I think we complicate our teaching by fitting far too much into a term

Excellent course – great tutors and great knowledge

Brilliant, engaging, ideas can be taken directly into class and don’t require much money time or resources

Excellent hands on approach with a very clear focus on outcome based learning.  This is exactly what our school needs.

“An outstanding day of engaging cross curricular ideas and resources which I can use outside with my class tomorrow. It ticked all the boxes.”

“The best and most engaging INSET I have been on, thank you.”

 

2. Humanities in a creative Welsh curriculum - ensuring outstanding Geography through cross curricular topics. 

Key objectives – all  colleagues leave

  • Understanding the learning theory that underpins the design of a creative curriculum
  • Knowing how thematic cross-curricular learning can be designed to ensure appropriate stage related subject outcomes in geography are delivered through cross-curricular topics
  • Aware of the pedagogy that best supports pupil engagement and the progress in geography
  • With a examples of fully documented and resourced cross curricular investigations with a geographical focus to trail and evaluate in their own schools.

3.Humanities in a creative Welsh curriculum - ensuring outstanding History and achieving chronological knowledge and understanding through thematic investigations

Key objectives – all  colleagues leave

  • Understand the concept of chronology and the skill of chronological thinking
  • Knowing how investigations of overview topics and themes can be used effectively to develop an understanding of continuity and change and secure sense of chronology
  • Aware of how to plan such enquires both to engage pupils and ensure continuity and progression in subject outcomes FS – Year 6

Developing an outstanding creative curriculum - Using the school and the school grounds to deliver challenging learning and teaching across the curriculum:FS– Year 6

Key Objectives: all colleagues will leave:

  • Having gained practical experience of high quality learning and teaching at different stages both indoors and out;
  • Understanding the key principles of designing and resourcing challenging and progressive learning in subjects across the curriculum.
  • With increased confidence, resources and inspiration to design and resource their own programmes of enquiry investigative learning.

4. Locational Knowledge Around the World - Primary Geography

Supporting school improvement & raising pupil achievement

Using geography to deliver challenging learning and teaching and SMSC across the integrated and broader curriculum linking into core subjects: EYFS – Year 6

This practical and interactive day will focus on skills, similarities and difference of the physical and human geographies in a wide range of case studies of places around the world

KEY OBJECTIVES

Delegates will leave:

  • Having gained practical experience of high quality learning and teaching at different stages;
  • Understanding the key principles of designing and resourcing challenging and progressive geography to support SMSC;
  • With increased confidence and inspiration to design and resource their own enquiry led investigations and programmes of geography.

Other Courses on offer

  1. Ensuring Outstanding Creative Environmental Play in your Nursery or Early Years Setting. This course is for all those involved with Nursery and Early Years Education and responsible for the development of the Foundation Stage Curriculum
  2. Practical and creative geography focus day KS1 & 2
  3. Creative fieldwork and physical geography opportunities in your school  KS 1, 2 & 3
  4. KS3 Enquiry fieldwork
  5. Creating a sustainable school KS 1,2,3,4
  6. If you are interested in organising an unforgettable day or week of adventure and stimulation for your class or a training day for the staff at your school, we are a small flexible team who would value designing a day to meet your needs, so please do not hesitate to contact us.