Webinars

WELLBEING & THE OUTDOORS WITH MARINA ROBB (FREE TO ATTEND)

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Behaviour is communication.
This Webinar will explore how we can support children’s mental health and well-being through simple nature-based activities, in particular through our senses – and there are more than 5!

In addition, we reflect on our role and our communication as practitioners leading us to a more empathetic approach within our setting. 

We will touch on basic neuroscience and the Polyvagal theory that builds an understanding of body-based strategies to self-regulation and well-being.

Session aims and outcomes:

  • Understand human development within a nature-centric model
  • Our senses and well-being
  • The prevalence of ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how we can best support children

Date: Wednesday 2nd December
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Suitable for:  Primary – KS1 & 2 – all practitioners supporting children
How to book: Please book online here.
Cost: FREE

INTO NATURE: THE WOODS, THE PLAYGROUND OR THE COAST, WITH MARINA ROBB (FREE TO ATTEND)

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Access to the outdoors and play is essential for healthy child development and learning.

We will explore how different approaches lead to different outcomes and how teaching in nature/the woods supports us to find the optimum balance between the demands of the curriculum and co-creating successful learners.

This webinar will introduce you to key examples of how to link practical seasonal Forest School and outdoor-based activities to a range of curriculum subjects. ​​This is place-based education at its best, where you will see your school environment with a renewed nature and learning focus!

We will explore:

  • Outdoor based child-led & adult-led curriculum outcomes
  • Core routines & practical ideas for wilder and urban spaces
  • How to Forest School Activity Ideas

Date: Wednesday 10th February 2021
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Suitable for:  Primary – KS1 & 2 – all practitioners supporting children
How to book: Please book online here.
Cost: FREE

Please note: If you register and pay for our webinars below with Juliet Robertson but find you can't make the live webinar, you will still have access to the webinar for 48 hours after the event and will still receive on-line password protected resources and presentations (if relevant). 

​​​​​​MESSY MATHS IN THE EARLY YEARS - PART ONE. WEBINAR WITH JULIET ROBERTSON, (£25).

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Do your children love jumping in puddles, climbing trees and playing in a sandpit? It is time to view what children do outside through a mathematical lens. This webinar is about identifying the maths in children's play and how to extend this through examining the 5Rs: Routines, Resources, Responsibilities of adults, Rights of a child and Re-imagining the outdoor space.

After the webinar you will get access to additional resources that help you develop your practice and keep track of what you need to do to make your outdoor provision maths-rich. This webinar is aimed at educators who work with children aged 3-6yrs.

Date: Thursday 7th January 2021
Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Suitable for: Early years educators
How to book: BOOK ONLINE HERE
Cost: £25

MORE MESSY MATHS IN THE EARLY YEARS - PART TWO. WEBINAR WITH JULIET ROBERTSON, (£25).

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Join Juliet Robertson for a second webinar that celebrates the magic of early years maths outdoors. In this webinar, we look deeper into the practice of developing your outdoor provision to create a solid mathematical foundation through a child-centred approach. It involves considering our interactions and how we can encourage children to extend their mathematical thinking. There will also be some practical games and activities. The webinar explores:

  • Outdoor play as a key, everyday approach to building children’s mathematical confidence.
  • Practical ways to offer the context for exploring and developing maths concepts in children aged 3-6.
  • Practical games, tools and techniques you can immediately start using.

If possible, bring along 20 small stones, a couple of small twigs the size of your hand and a sense of fun.

Please note: It is not necessary to have attended the first Messy Maths webinar to attend this More Messy Maths webinar, all are welcome. The fee includes access to the same set of materials/online resources for Messy Maths Part One.

Date: Wednesday 27th January 2021
Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Suitable for: Early years educators
How to book: BOOK ONLINE HERE
Cost: £25

OUTDOOR MATHS IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL, (KS1 & 2) WEBINAR WITH JULIET ROBERTSON, (£25).

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This is a fast-paced webinar which provides a framework for developing your maths provision outdoors in a way that complements and extends your current maths approach.

It is based on Juliet’s years of working in schools and local authorities developing outdoor maths and exploring what works and what doesn’t. It is aimed at teachers who work with children aged 6-11yrs old.

After the webinar you access a wide range of additional resources to support you.

Date: Thursday 11th February 2021
Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Suitable for: Primary educators - KS1 & 2
How to book: BOOK ONLINE HERE
Cost: £25

MUD, MESS & MAGIC - DEVELOPING YOUR OUTDOOR PROVISION ON A SHOESTRING, WEBINAR WITH JULIET ROBERTSON, (£25).

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There is now plenty of research that suggests that children need and enjoy playing in natural spaces. A well-planned and designed natural play space can provide experiences that:

 

  • Improve children’s physical development.
  • Enable children to think and play in creative and imaginative ways.
  • Promote positive physical risk taking within a framework of safety.
  • Help children learn more about the natural world and increases children’s knowledge about nature.
  • Provide a valuable context for developing life skills including literacy and numeracy.
  • Create a calmer outdoor space which is more restorative and enables children to better focus.

This webinar explores how Nicolson’s Theory of Loose Parts and Gibson’s Affordance Theory can be utilised to create simple changes to your outdoor space, through a participatory approach that involves your children throughout the process.

In doing so, the biodiversity of your outdoor space will be improved and it becomes a better place not just for learning and play but for wildlife too. The emphasis is on sustainable low-cost and doable ideas that don’t involve digging up the asphalt.

After the webinar you will get access to additional resources that help you develop your practice and keep track of what you need to do to develop your outdoor provision. This webinar is aimed at educators who work with children aged 3-6yrs.

Date: Thursday 18th February 2021
Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Suitable for: Early years and primary educators
How to book: BOOK ONLINE HERE
Cost: £25

EARLY YEARS OUTDOOR LITERACY, WEBINAR WITH JULIET ROBERTSON, (£25).

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Creating a literacy-rich outdoor space is essential if we want to embed a child-centred approach that acknowledges that children have a right to learn where it best suits their needs. For many children, they want to be outside and therefore they have an entitlement to this being a space that enables them become emerging readers, writers, talkers and listeners.

This webinar explores a diversity of ways of embedding literacy in an outdoor space, be this a concrete jungle or a wood with lots of practical suggestions for making positive tweaks that help you transform your outside provision.

Afterwards you will get access to additional resources. This webinar is aimed at educators who work with children aged 3-6yrs.

Date: Wednesday 28th April 2021
Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Suitable for: Early years and primary educators
How to book: BOOK ONLINE HERE
Cost: £25

 

About Juliet Robertson


julietJuliet is an educational consultant who specialises in outdoor learning and play. Previously, she was the head teacher of three schools ranging in size from 6 to 277 pupils. Juliet is based in Scotland and has worked at a national level since 2008 writing case studies, documents and doing behind the scenes work to help shape strategy and support for schools and early years establishments. This includes heading up the team that wrote the Education Scotland document, Outdoor Learning: A Practical Guide for Scottish Teachers and Practitioners(2011), co-authoring Loose Parts Play – A Toolkit (2016 & 2019) and being part of the Scottish Government strategy group that created A Play Strategy for Scotland (2013). Most recently, Juliet contributed to Out to Play (2018), a Scottish early years document supporting practitioners to develop off-site provision in local greenspace.

Juliet is in heavy demand world-wide for her practical training. She is the author of two award-winning and best-selling books: Dirty TeachingA Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors (2014) and Messy Maths: An Outdoor, Playful Approach for Early Years (2017). Her website, Creative STAR Learning is a source of information and support with more than one million visitors in the past four years. Juliet continues to work directly with staff and children in many early learning settings in the North-East of Scotland exploring what excellent outdoor practice can and could be!

Previous Webinars:

INTRODUCTION TO FOREST KINDERGARTEN TRAINING: LOCAL NATURE PLAY (FREE WEBINAR)

With Marina Robb and Louise Hack.

Forest Kindergarten is based around child-centred learning through play in the Early Years. This free webinar will introduce you to core practice and understanding that underpins this approach.

Forest Kindergarten: Local Nature Play offers young children frequent visits and regular play opportunities in a local, natural setting all year round – this could be a woodland, park or even a beach!

It will introduce you to:

  • What Local Nature Play may look like.
  • Good Early Years practice inside or outside
  • People, Place and Pedagogy
  • The Value of Nature for learning and development
  • Examples of practice
  • New Training opportunities

Access the recording hereClick here for information about our 2 day Forest Kindergarten Training course in the Autumn.

Louise Hack is a qualified teacher, Forest School Practitioner and Early Years Professional with over 20 years of experience. Over the last 20 years she has worked in various primary and infant schools in East and West Sussex taking on many different roles including Early Years lead, Specialist Early Years and Literacy leader across the county, Deputy Head and Head of School. Louise has also been a visiting lecturer with the University of Reading and was an Early Years literacy consultant in Windsor and Maidenhead where she worked alongside many schools leading on a range of projects including finding ways to support practitioners with developing their outside areas and access to forest learning. Read more.

Marina Robb is founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC, a leading outdoor learning organisation. She is Author of ‘Learning with Nature’, considered a must-have book for Forest School & Outdoor practitioners. Marina has been the recipient of funding from Natural England, Mind and The National Lottery, amongst other grant makers for her outdoor work with disadvantaged teenagers, families and young people. Read more.

 
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"I found Juliet's Messy Maths great. It had lots of ideas to incorporate more meaningful maths into our setting. The resources available are fabulous, an excellent webinar."
Suzanne Fairhurst

"I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar, it was so inspiring. I have the book Messy Maths and Dirty Teaching! The session with Juliet was helpful in putting the words into meaning, it was inspiring, thinking about activities you could do with the children - using the resources available and making the best of the opportunities. It is definitely making me think about how you speak to the children, making sure you are listening to them when you are talking to them and taking their lead, their interests, now what you want it be lead to. The examples of the rainmacs in the hall- how much learning can come from the routines, before you have go to the ‘learning area’ and making fully use of this. I loved Juliet’s singing and I am someone who loves to sing, so has encouraged me to carry on doing this with my children and keep it is part of what we do. I have registered for the outdoor literacy course, as I am sure this will be encouraging too and will look forward to learning more. Thank you for organizing this and I look forward to learning more with you."
Sara-Jayne South, Abacus Primary School

 

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