Countryside Classroom - Connecting schools with food, farming and the natural environment

Growing Schools has been re-launched as Countryside Classroom, the largest ever partnership of organisations who are committed to helping children learn about food, farming and/or the natural environment.

It is the vision of Countryside Classroom that schools and teachers across the UK will embrace food, farming and the natural environment as essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum, incorporating them into day-to-day learning. As a result of this, every child will have the opportunity to learn about and experience these topics in diverse ways that are increasingly supported by experiences outside the classroom.

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South West CPD training in blue spaces

Natural Connections and the Ecover Blue Mile have joined forces to deliver CPD workshops in blue spaces in Bristol and Somerset in September.

Go with the Flow - Bristol 

Right on the doorstep of many Bristol schools is a great outdoor learning resource of two rivers and their streams. Explore with experts the stream and bankside habitats of the River Frome in Snuff Mills Park, using low budget resources which teachers can easily produce and use on subsequent visits. Hands on activities, include stream dipping, global games to examine the issues including ‘What a Waste’ and ‘Fascinating life cycles and food webs’ with creative activities to help bring you curriculum alive including sculpture, poetry and performance. 

Date: 17th September 2014

Time: 1.30-4.30pm 

Tutor: Earthworks

Location : Snuff Mills, River Frome BS16 1DL 

Cost: £60 +VAT  (20% discount applies for Blue Mile and Natural Connections school)

Book: Please contact Laura Moore e: laura.moore@plymouth.ac.uk t: 01752 585399

*Special Offer 2 for 1 on the Go with the Flow workshop* Please book one place with Laura and email her the contact details of the 2nd person. 

Teach on the Beach - Somerset

The workshop will explore how teachers can maximise the learning opportunites their local blue environments offer, including hands-on activities, creative teaching methods and ideas how to delivers a variety of curriculum subjects such as English, Maths, Science and Geography on the beach. The tutors will show how to develop blue spcaes for other aspects of learning such as physical development, emotional intelligence and social skills. Participants will also receive a comprensdive pack of materials to support their teaching.  

Date: 24th September 2014

Time: 1.30-4.30m

Tutor: Earthworks

Location: Anchor Head Beach, Weston Super Mare, BS23 2ED  

Cost: £60 +VAT  (20% discount appliesto 2nd person if booking more than one place. 20% discount for  for Blue Mile and Natural Connections schools)

Book: Please contact Laura Moore e: laura.moore@plymouth.ac.uk t: 01752 585399

 

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