Previous 2016/7 CPD Trainings

Title: Fire and Tools - Forest School Refresher!
Fire Making & Tool Use for Forest School Practitioners..

Refresh your Forest School skills! This day is for Forest School leaders, beginners and experts alike and those wishing to explore tool use and fire on a deeper level.

On this day we will look at the basics of lighting and maintaining fire, both modern and ancient. This will be especially beneficial for Forest School practitioners.

We will explore natural and man made tinders, different woods and how they burn, fire lays and how to minimise smoke. You will be taught how to safely use tools with children such as knives, axes, bilhooks and saws to cut and split wood for kindling and feather sticks. The day will include tips on where to find the driest wood even on wet days and an introduction into the bow drill (Fire by friction).

Title: Oak Day

On this day we will learn the important and precious knowledge of how to process acorn. We will create delicious and nourishing food including acorn flour and share simple recipes that can inspire you to try this at home or with groups of all ages in the forest.

The Oak is a well loved and respected tree of this land. It has been called the 'King of the Woods' and in the essence of true kingship, this tree supports, shelters and nourishes more variety of life in the ecology of Britain than any other.

Some say that an old oak may support over a thousand species from the tiniest insects, fungi, lichen and mosses to birds and mammals large and small. Oak provides shelter and has been an important timber in human buildings for many generations. The advent of farming created many huge changes in peoples relationship to the land, one of the least known and yet significant, was that once people who once processed and ate acorn, then turned to grain as their staple. 

Title: Autumn Foraging - Berries, Nuts and Fruits!

Join us for a day foraging in Autumn. We will make food by the fire. This day is suitable for all including teachers, outdoor practitioners and forest school providers. 

Nature provides all that we need. At this time of year we need the energy provided by the nuts and seeds to help us through the winter, and the medicine and vitamins of the berries to keep us strong and resilient in the cold times ahead. On this day we will gather and  process some of our wild berries and nuts. Learning how to confidently identify them and how we might use them safely and with great benefit. We will use some ancient cooking techniques and make a berry medicine you can take home.

Title: Tree & Plant ID Plus Games for Forest School Leaders - Forest School Refresher!

Improve your confidence and identification skills, learn some new games and have some fun! On this day you will learn how to ID a dozen native trees and wild plants in the woods, and gain valuable insight into their practical uses. You will use observation, games and use your senses, as well as field guides. Great as a refresher for Forest School practitioners. 

Title: Outdoor Cookery - Forest School Refresher!

Refresh your Forest School skills! This day is for Forest School leaders, beginners and experts alike!

This is an exciting opportunity to extend your outdoor cookery skills, explore different cooking methods, make snacks which can be achieved in short forest school sessions, complete an outdoor cooking risk assessment and consider basic food safety regulations. Lunch will be included!

Title: Explore your Senses!

Lose your mind and come to your senses!

This day is suitable for teachers, there will be an emphasis on ideas for working with children to develop natural awareness in outdoor education.

Our senses are powerful tools for connecting to and understanding nature. During this day, we will explore lots of games and experiences to awaken the 5 physical senses and learn some fun ways to introduce the development of 6th sense/ intuition/instinctual sense.

Title: Trees as a Model for Learning

Inspire creative thinking and imagination, investigate maths, explore history, sample some science and get to know the trees in your school grounds (or local environment) in a whole new way.

The day will include lots of fun, cross-curricular ideas and activities and is suitable for teachers or Early Years practitioners.

Title: An introduction to Outdoor Learning and the Curriculum

Celebrate national 'Empty Classroom Day' with an inspirational day in the woods! Explore how to utilise the Natural World for learning across the curriculum.

This day is suitable for teachers and Early Years Practitioners. This is a chance to apply new outdoor skills and ideas through practical activities in the outdoors.

The training will help you:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the benefits of the outdoors and learning.
  • Apply the curriculum to the outdoors - with lots of creative ideas.
  • Make best use of the outdoors as an engaging and fun way to learn.
  • Focus on numeracy, literacy, art and science in the outdoors.

Activities will be suitable for use in concrete playgrounds, school fields or woodlands!

Title: Risk & Play with Children - From Protection to Resilience, with Tim Gill - Rethinking Childhood.

Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading experts on childhood and play. He is author of the influential book No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society and was Director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England) from 1997 to 2004.

Tim will be joined by Marina Robb, Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery and Author of 'Learning with Nature'. 

This day is suitable for Play Workers, Educators, Forest School Leaders and Service providers.

Across the world, adults are becoming ever more anxious about children’s safety and well-being. Paradoxically, these anxieties can end up harming children’s learning and development, fuelling unnecessary fears and undermining trust and confidence in ourselves and our children.

This day’s training workshop will help us to revisit our thinking so that we can strike a better balance between protecting children from genuine threats and giving them rich, challenging opportunities to learn and grow.

The day will be a rich mix of presentation, useful information and healthy dialogue alongside some direct experience of ‘risky’ outdoor-based activities in the woods. It will support participants to take a more balanced, inspirational and  thoughtful approach to managing risk in children’s play and learning.  Tim will address the value and benefits  of risky play and the role of the adult  including an updated understanding risk benefit assessment (RBA).  This training  that will enable you to become an advocate for this approach and embed it across your setting/service.  

Please see https://rethinkingchildhood.com/about/ for more information about Tim. 

Title: Play and the Outdoors - an Experiential & Theoretical Journey into Forest School, Play itself and Therapeutic Play (Two day training).

This training will:

• Familiarise yourself with the Forest Play skills continuum.
• Explore non-directive and directive facilitation including wild & free play.
• Understand the different methods of communication integral to Forest Play.
• Increase the tool kit to include more outdoor games and skills.
• Develop understanding of Attachment Theory and how it relates to emotional insecurity.
• Explore Forest School Philosophy/principles.
• Play skills include sand, music, fire, puppet and story making.

Click here to see full details about this two day course.

Title: Making Natural Playstructures, with Jon Cree.

This course is for educators wishing to be a little more adventurous with creative play structures at their sites, building them out of wood and rope and combining these with the natural features at your site.

We will be sharing techniques and know-how on building safe but slightly risky (!) structures with children that can enhance creativity and physical play at your forest school site.

We will be looking at techniques for making:

  • Rope swings, rope bridges, rope crawls and rope walks 
  • Combining wood with rope including simple rope ladders and tree houses
  • Making free standing wooden structures such as ladders and sculptures to climb on

Including tips on:

  • How to minimise impact of structures on Forest school sites
  • Keeping within the health and safety guidelines for safe construction and use of natural structures

Title: Storymaking and Telling in the Natural World, with Jon Cree.
Date: 31st January 2017.

This creative, playful workshop will explore the relationship between stories, storytelling and the natural world around us, with its application to school and community groups. It will suit beginners and those who already work with stories.

This day is for anyone involved in working with groups (adults or children) in an educational setting. It is for those wishing to enable a creative to the world around them utilising the power and richness of language and stories. During the process of the workshop we will play games, immerse ourselves through observational exercises and share experiences... and stories of course!

The day will be conducted using a variety of techniques and will cover most of the following:

  • How to start using words in a simple ways
  • Methods of learning and working with stories
    How to use the natural world as inspiration for storymaking and how to structure stories
  • The ‘key’ techniques to learning, telling and working with stories and groups
  • Where to source environmental stories and resources for storytelling and story making.

Title: Oak Day - Preparing Acorns as Food
When: Thursday 20th October 2016

The Oak is a well loved and respected tree of this land. It has been called the 'King of the Woods' and in the essence of true kingship, this tree supports, shelters and nourishes more variety of life in the ecology of Britain than any other.

Some say that an old oak may support over a thousand species from the tiniest insects, fungi, lichen and mosses to birds and mammals large and small. Oak provides shelter and has been an important timber in human buildings for many generations. The advent of farming created many huge changes in peoples relationship to the land, one of the least known and yet significant, was that once people who once processed and ate acorn, then turned to grain as their staple. 

On this day we will learn the important and precious knowledge of how to process acorn. We will create delicious and nourishing food including acorn flour and share simple recipes that can inspire you to try this at home or with groups of all ages in the forest.

Facilitator: Anna Richardson (Co-Author of Learning with Nature).
Where: 
Upper Vert Woods, near Laughton
Timings: 
9.30am - 3.30pm (please arrive by 9.15am to allow time for parking and signing in).
Cost: 
£55.00

Title: Autumn Syrup; Nut Oven, Plant & Games Day
When: Wednesday 21st September 2016

This training is for a range of practitioners that aim to work with young people of all ages.

It will equip practitioners to safely inspire young people to build their own knowledge of plants, to work through the risks, benefits and opportunities of incorporating local plants. We will discover the wonder and importance of plants.

• Introduce you to effective plant-based games and activities
• Create a nut oven, using fire
• Introduce and produce a seasonal hedgerow syrup
• Create an appropriate risk assessment for foraging activities
• Link plant-based activities to the curriculum

Facilitator: Marina Robb (Founder & Director of CLR; Author of Learning with Nature).
Where: Upper Vert Woods, near Laughton
Timings: 9.30am - 3.30pm (please arrive by 9.15am to allow time for parking and signing in).
Cost: £55.00


Title: Playing with Rope & Plants: Cordage, Swings, Tarps, Potions and Games
When:
Friday 29th April 2016

This outdoor learning CPD, will offer diverse experiences, using plants and rope to provide fun, learning and nature connection.  You will learn to put up rope swings, create bridges for teambuilding or tarp shelters, create your own string from plant fibres, make a potion, alongside a basket of rope/plant-based games.  

All our trainings weave together a more holistic understanding of plant cycles and plant identification.

Facilitator: Marina Robb (Founder & Director of CLR; Author of Learning with Nature).
Where: Upper Vert Woods, near Laughton
Timings: 9.30am - 3.30pm (please arrive by 9.15am to allow time for parking and signing in).
Cost: £55.00

Title: Nature Connection - Exploring Natural Cycles plus Inspirational Activities and Games. When: Thursday 14th April 2016

Join us at the beginning of Spring in the Sussex Woodlands. This training day will bring alive the core routines of deep nature connection, giving attendees embodied experiences of games and activities that facilitate nature information, recreation and connection. It will fill you up with inspirational ideas and experiences in relation to Spring time.  We will include the theme of birds, nests and the 5 voices of birds.  We will have fun playing with some simple fire-making using natural materials. The activities are broadly linked to the National Curriculum.

Facilitator: Marina Robb (Founder & Director of CLR; Author of Learning with Nature).
Where: Upper Vert Woods, near Laughton
Timings: 9.30am - 3.30pm (please arrive by 9.15am to allow time for parking and signing in).

Title: Playing in Forest School and Creating a Therapeutic Space.
When:
Wednesday March 9th 2016.

The day will combine Forest School and Play Therapy skills, introducing you to creating a therapeutic space for young people.  You will experience several themes and activities: sand and clay play, creative communication, messy play, nature play, sensory play, fire, and connection to nature.

We will teach the importance of play and the outdoors and provide effective tools and approaches to support healthy behaviour and growth in young people.

Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb and Kate Macairt
Where: Upper Vert Woods, near Laughton
Timings: 9.30am - 3.30pm (please arrive by 9.15am to allow time for parking and signing in).
Cost: £65.00

Autumn Nature-Based Plant & Games Day
When: September 23rd 2015

This training is for teachers and TAs of reception through to KS4 as well as Forest School Practitioners and others working with young people of all ages.
It will equip practitioners to safely inspire young people to build their own knowledge of plants, to work through the risks, benefits and opportunities of incorporating local plants into your practice to inspire a life-long love of learning!

• Link plant-based activities to the curriculum
• Introduce you to effective plant-based games and activities
• Craft from plant materials
• Introduce and produce a seasonal wild medicine
• Create an appropriate risk assessment for foraging activities

Lead Facilitator: Marina Robb 
Where: Ringmer Academy, Ringmer
Timings: 9.15am - 3.15pm
Cost: £65.00

 

Outdoor Learning Training: Forest School and Play Therapy
When: Tuesday October 20th 2015

This one-day training is for teachers, TA's, Forest School Practitioners and others working with young people of all ages.
This training will take place at Ringmer College at thier eco-classroom.

The day will combine Forest School and Play Therapy and introduce you to how to provide a therapeutic space for young people.  You will experience several themes and activities: sand play, puppet play, creative communication, messy play, land play, nature play, sensory play, fire, and connection to nature.

We will teach the importance of play and the outdoors and provide effective tools and approaches to support healthy behaviour and growth in young people.


Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb and Kate Macairt
Where: Ringmer Academy
Timings: 9.15am - 3.15pm
Cost: £65.00

A Summer Outdoor Learning Training for KS2 - 3
When: May 15th 2015

This offers participants an understanding of current theory and the chance to apply new outdoor skills and ideas through practical activities in the outdoors.

This day will draw on the theme of rope: From the web of life,  knots, games using ropes and cordage; food chains, measurement, journey plats, story, poetry and you will put into action current theory!

The training will help you:
• Develop a greater understanding of the benefits of the outdoors and learning
• Apply the curriculum to the outdoors - with lots of creative ideas.
• Make best use of the outdoors as an engaging and fun way to learn.
• Focus on English, science and maths in the outdoors – with a seasonal twist!
• Develop topic ideas.
• Use tools and natural materials for outdoor learning.

Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb and Anna Richardson
Where: Ringmer Academy, Ringmer
Timings: 9.15am - 3.15pm
Cost: £65.00

Outdoor Learning Beach day
When: June 12th 2015

This one-day training is for teachers and TAs of KS1–KS3 as well as Forest School Practitioners and others working with young people of all ages.
This training will take place at Holy Well, on the beach in Eastbourne. The day will provide outdoor practical and effective games, activities and skills that can take place by the sea-side as well as the outdoors! And an easy to build shelter – just in case!
It aims to support you or your school to design outdoor-friendly curriculum-based ideas to engage children with nature.

The day will include the use of chalk, sea-themed games, fish/sea based crafts using simple tools and exploration of the water cycle.  Inspiring activities for a beach school!

Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb and Anna Richardson
Where: Holywell, Eastbourne
Timings: 9.15am - 3.15pm
Cost: £65.00


 

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