CPD & Outdoor Learning Days

Circle of Life Rediscovery is passionate about training schools, organisations and education departments, in Outdoor Learning. All of our tutors have a background in education as well as knowledge about sustainable schools, nature connection, nature-centric models, the curriculum and the natural world. 

cpd dayWe offer a range of bespoke trainings that will improve outdoor learning in your setting. We draw on best practice from around the world and offer a holistic approach. 

We aim to enable practitioners to foster a more mature relationship with the natural world and leave you inspired with a bag full of practical and theoretical tools that link to an educational/learning based setting.

 

All trainings take place in our beautiful woodland in East Sussex.

We offer a 10% discount for mulltiple bookings (i.e. if one person books two or more CPD dates or if two or more people attend from the same organisation).

Please see below for our 2017/8 trainings. If you are interested in Forest School Training Level 3 please click here.


cpd day

Title: Natural Christmas Decorations - children welcome

Date: Sunday 3rd Deccember 2017
Lead Facilitator: Mark Lloyd
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £45.00 first child free, second child £5
Time: 09.30 - 12.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

Come and spend a half day in the woods, making various Christmas decorations. Children are welcome, this will be a fun morning making decorations and learning new skills. We will be using a variety of natural materials and techniques. This course would be suitable for anyone including Forest School and other youth leaders who are looking for inspiration for activities that work well with children and adults during the festive season.

JON CREE and JULIET ROBERTSON are joining us in 2018 - see below:

Jon Cree

Title: Story Telling

Date: Thursday 25th January 2018
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£95.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

 

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 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.

Jon cree

Title: Play & The Ludic Cycle

Date: Friday 26th January 2018
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£95.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.


How does the outdoors support 'the ecological and spiritual imagination of the mind' of the child? This will be a key question explored on this workshop. We will also be looking at all the other developmental areas humans experience during play.

Outdoor play and 'games' will be shared to explore the many possibilities the natural world and outdoor elements offer for meaningful play – from the creative to the rough and tumble.

We will be exploring the ‘play framework’ and how we, as practitioners, spot cues from learners to interact with their play without destroying the 'play' and the 'drive' to play.

We will also be examining when a 'player' enters a state of flow when the learning becomes integral to the human. The day will look in detail at what practitioners can deduce from play. Are our observations and evaluations telling us what is really 'going on' for the learner and how do we check they are truthful. This can then inform our interventions and non-interventions as co-players.

How do we re-discover the world and mind of the child? - one of the many questions asked and explored on this workshop.

literacy

Title: Outdoor Literacy

Date: Friday 23rd February 2018
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£120.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

Does grammar make you groan? Do you worry about ensuring basic literacy skills are being taught when working outside? Is your hair turning fifty shades of grey through the stress of all the targets and testing you have to do with your large class of children? Then this is the course for you!
 
Come and spend a busy, happy day with Juliet Robertson, exploring literacy outside. Together, we: 
  • Consider practical techniques for managing a large class outside, in any outdoor setting be this a concrete jungle or a nature haven.
  • Look at ways of integrating literacy into our outdoor work so that it flows through all aspects of what we do, including recording our work and keeping expectations high.
  • Focus on aspects of the creative writing process as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Use books as a springboard into reading outdoors, as well as other common forms of reading which happens outside.
  • Think about simple, doable, cost-effective approaches to creating a literacy-rich school grounds or outdoor space that demonstrate there is life beyond a laminating machine. 
This course is particularly suitable for those who work with children in KS1 and KS2 including Forest School practitioners, primary teachers, SEND specialists and outdoor educators. Early Years educators may also find the day of value. The course is backed up by oodles of resources on a password protected blog post and the many blog posts that are readily accessible on the Creative STAR website. This course takes place entirely outdoors, so please come with lots of warm, waterproof clothing and footwear.

cpd day

Title: Play Structures (one or two day course)

Date: Monday 26th and/or Tuesday 27th February 2018
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£95.00 for one day or £175.00 for two days
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

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

Play Structures Course description (to attend day 2 people need to have either attended day 1 or previously attended a play structures course):

Day 1

This is an ‘introductory day’ looking at basic toolwork, knot and ropework in order to construct ladders, ‘climbing frames’, temporary rope swings and rope courses.  We will look at how to work with young people in constructing basic structures that includes working with trees or if the trees in your own settings are limited how to construct features by adding structures such as ‘beams’ to trees and working with A frames and ‘safe anchoring’.  This day will also start looking at the basics of constructing a treehouse.

Day 2

This day will give time to practise the knots and skills picked up on Day 1 including constructing free standing playstructures, playing with ropes and trees, making more elaborate rope courses and going through the whole process of constructing a tree house.  We will also cover putting up and playing with straplines.

Both days will cover all the health and safety aspects of working with ‘constructed’ playstructures and ropes, looking at risk benefit assessments and key requirements.

cpd day

Title: Outdoor Maths - Place Value, Nature Counts

Date: Friday 16th March 2018
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£120.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

Whether you love or loathe the subject, this course will open your ideas to the potential of any outdoor space as a context for learning maths. We will have a lot of fun as we explore ways of:
  • Ensuring fan-ta-stick interactive approaches to mental maths
  • Developing simple lesson structures that are open-ended and begin with what the children know and can do.
  • Taking a playful approach to maths that develops children's confidence in this subject
  • Using children's natural curiosity about the world around them to develop data handling and analysis skills
  • Creating a maths-rich outdoor space or school grounds.
This course is particularly suitable for those who work with children in KS1 and KS2 including Forest School practitioners, primary teachers, SEND specialists and outdoor educators. Early Years educators may also find the day of value. The course is backed up by oodles of resources on a password protected blog post and the many blog posts that are readily accessible on the Creative STAR website. This course takes place entirely outdoors, so please come with lots of warm, waterproof clothing and footwear.

cpd day

Title: Play and the Outdoors - an Experiential & Theoretical Journey into Forest School, Creative and Therapeutic Play.

Date: Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st March 2018
Lead Facilitator: Marina Robb & Katie Macairt
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £165.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

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.
  • Explore creative play outdoors​.
  • Increase the tool kit to include more outdoor games and skills.
  • Develop understanding of Attachment Theory and how it relates to emotional insecurity.
  • Play skills include sand, music, fire, puppet and story making.

 

cpd day

Title: Developing a Whole School Approach to Learning Outdoors

Date: Friday 18th May 2018
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£120.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

In this practical course, we look at realistic ways of embedding outdoor practice into the life and ethos of your school. It is not about paperwork or policies but about creating a vision and working towards it, be you the lone educator or a member of the leadership team tasked with the job! This course includes:
  • How to ensure a participative approach where children are involved at every step and feel their opinions are not only listened to but acted upon
  • Using can-do problem solving strategies to addressing key issues or barriers
  • Wider considerations beyond curriculum-based outdoor learning with examples of practice from different countries. 
  • Think about simple, doable, cost-effective approaches to embedding sustainable principles into your work. 
This course is suitable for those who work with children in primary and nursery schools.  The course is backed up by oodles of resources on a password protected blog post and the many blog posts that are readily accessible on the Creative STAR website. We will be entirely outdoors, so please come with lots of warm, waterproof clothing and footwear.
 
About Juliet
Juliet Robertson is a former head teacher of three schools ranging in size from 6 to 277 pupils. In 2007 she established Creative STAR Learning to provide Support, Training, Advice and Resources for outdoor learning and play. She has worked behind the scenes at a national level in Scotland as a consultant, ghost-writer and adviser to many organisations including Education Scotland, Inspiring Scotland and the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS). Find out more.
 

To view our previous CPD's CLICK HERE.

 
For more information please email:
bookings@circleofliferediscovery.com
01273 814226  / 07966 514469
 
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Thank you so much for a fantastic day in the woods on Friday - I loved it! The course was the perfect mixture of practical and theoretical (and also a little bit magical too!).  I loved thinking of plants in terms of directions and times of life."
Lucy Collins - Founder, Bee in the Woods, 2016

"I can highly recommend the CPD training at Circle of Life. I went on an excellent 'Ropes and Plants' course, the facilitator Marina was very knowledgeable and I came away from the session with loads of great ideas, and enthusiasm!"
Katie, 2016

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