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Outdoor Learning Conference
Friday 3 October 2014
Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
Following our successful first Outdoor Conference in September 2013 Cornwall Outdoors are pleased to announce a second conference running in October 2014. You will have the opportunity to hear two world renowned speakers, Juliet Robertson and Andy Kirkpatrick, and to share views and experiences of outdoor learning and adventure education.You will also get the opportunity to attend two workshops delivered by top outdoor practitioners.
2 Amazing Guest Speakers
One of Scotland’s leading consultants in the field of outdoor learning. She is a published author and her website www.creativestarlearning.co.uk has a wealth of resources and ideas for outdoor learning, including her award-winning blog
Her workshops provide delegates with a wide range of practical ideas and activities which use the outdoors to enrich the curriculum.
One of the UK’s top mountaineers. He has climbed some of the most technically difficult routes in the world and is particularly well known for his winter expeditions. But his journey from remedial student to internationally acclaimed mountaineer, writer and speaker is further testament to his determination to succeed. Andy is severely dyslexic, a condition diagnosed after he left school, and began his adult life with no qualifications. Despite this, alongside his mountaineering achievements he is an award-winning, published writer and a highly successful public speaker.
No 1 ~ Outdoor Maths with Sticks and Stone
No 2 ~ Adventure Learning Schools
No 3 ~ Brilliant Residentials
No 4 ~ Beach School
No 5 ~ Spirituality and the Outdoors
No 6 ~ Bushcraft
No 7 ~ Outdoor Learning and the importance of our relationships to place.
No 8 ~ Developing the curriculum through simple climbing activities
No 9 ~ Orienteering in the School Grounds
No 10 ~ Educational Visits Coordinator Update
No 11 ~ Core, that’s amazing!
No 12 ~ Taking Stories Outdoors
No 13 ~ Campfire Cooking in the school grounds
No 14 ~ Teambuilding on a budget
Traverse Walls at Lanivet and Mylor Bridge Schools
The Delaware Centre staff have just completed the installation of two new playground traverse walls. Lanivet School and Mylor Bridge School are the new owners of these exterior timber built climbing traverse walls, which only took two onsite days to complete.
Big bright and friendly holds for children to explore and climb along. New playground games and a new activity for your PE lessons. Balance skills, coordination, confidence, strength and dexterity are only a few of the benefits that a traverse wall can bring to your school.
Lanivet School Traverse Wall
Lanivet had an unused space to the side of their playground which had a strong wall on which to fix the structure. Once installed the playground was back to the same size but this time there is a traverse wall installed for all to enjoy. The wall has three faces, one gentle gradient, one vertical face and then a gentle overhang to add a challenge to the budding climbers in the school.
Mylor Bridge School Traverse Wall
Mylor Bridge School didn't have the same long wall as Lanivet to build along however as a corner feature it brings a new vibrancy to a bland stone wall in the playground. With an easy gradient on one side of the wall and a steeper section for the more adventurous climbers. this wall has something for all ages in Mylor Bridge School.
If you would like to know more about how Cornwall Outdoors can build a traverse wall in your school playground please contact:
Tel: 01822 833885
The Outdoor Learning Cards have been developed by the Outdoor Education Advisers' Panel (OEAP) as a resource to support teachers and youth leaders who wish to deliver exciting and inspirational outdoor learning activities.
The Outdoor Learning Cards activities contribute directly to a wide range of educational and development aims for young people (aged 5-15) and cover four elements of Outdoor Learning that can be delivered on the immediate site and surrounding environment:
• Team Building and Problem Solving
• Bouldering - Use of low level climbing walls
• Journeying - Local visits organised by young people
The Cards are supported by a Handbook and CD that provide detailed information on all aspects of activity delivery. Key elements are explored further in the nationally recognised one-day Outdoor Learning Cards training course. The Cards and supporting materials are only available through the training course.
For more information please contact:
M: 07968 892855
Dates: 25th June, 8th Oct or 5th Feb 2014
Course Code: CLO29
Book online: www.cornwalllearningonline.co.uk
New dates have been added for Educational Visits Coordinators Training (for new EVC's) or Re-Validation Training for experienced EVC's who haven't attended training in the last 3 Years.
30 April 2014 - Tricky's Redruth
26 November 2014 - Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre, St Austell
3 February 2015 - Delaware Outdoor Education Centre, Gunnislake
To book go to www.cornwalllearningonline.co.uk and search course code CLO9
22 May 2014 - Carew House, Bodmin
14 October 2014 - Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre, St Austell
19 January 2015 - Delaware Outdoor Education Centre, Gunnislake
To book go to www.cornwalllearningonline.co.uk and search course code CLO25
In 2009, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation invited proposals from primary, secondary and special schools across the UK to work with them in developing and piloting innovative residential learning programmes. Learning Away was founded on their belief that high-quality residential experiences can provide extremely powerful learning opportunities for children and young people – and indeed, for adults as well. When they considered that less than a fifth of a young person’s waking time is spent in school, the opportunity to engage young people with the much more intensive, rich and deep learning experiences that residentials can offer was compelling.
Working closely with over 60 primary, secondary and special schools in 13 partnerships across the UK, Learning Away aims to enhance young people’s learning, achievement and well-being by developing, piloting and evaluating the impact of residential experiences as an integral part of the curriculum. Read the full interim report at www.learningaway.org.uk or see the summary here.
Hear more about Learning Away at our outdoor conference on 3 October 2014.
Part time Outdoor Instructor Training Course @ Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre
New dates announced for the MIAS level 1 & 2 Training
For all school staff who accompany groups of children in the outdoors. This course is a mix of theory and practical with a focus on providing first aid in the outdoor environment. Some practical elements take place out of doors.