The Natural Curriculum Practitioner Programme

What is the Natural Curriculum Practitioner Programme?

The Natural Curriculum Practitioner Programme offers training to teachers to make use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning, including in school grounds, local parks, woodlands and natural spaces. Lessons are designed to offer meaningful learning experiences for pupils in an outdoor setting which are linked to learning outcomes from the national curriculum (DfE 2014). Our philosophy is that going outside to learn should not just be an add-on to class-based lessons but should be integral to every child’s learning journey.

Explore the key principles of effective learning outdoors across the primary age range. Reflect on the unique nature of the outdoors and consider why outdoor learning is such a vital part of children’s learning in schools.  How can schools maximise space and opportunities to give all pupils access to learning outdoors?  

We will also consider the use of space, planning, assessment, inclusion, organisation and resources outdoors to make links to subjects across the curriculum.  Explore the teacher’s role in outdoor learning and how to enable meaningful experiences for pupils. 

Outdoor Learning Workshops:

The following sessions offer a choice of subjects from across the Primary Curriculum.  Each session will involve opportunities to:

  • Help you to raise attainment in each subject area in the National Curriculum through building a quality learning experience in your school grounds. Help you to raise attainment in each subject area in the National Curriculum through building quality learning experience in your school grounds.
  • Discover how to engage pupils in memorable learning experiences outdoors.
  • Learn from LJMU specialists in each National Curriculum subject area.
  • Take away ideas for delivering the specific subjects outdoors.
  • Increase your confidence by participating in a range of practical activities in an outdoor setting (LJMU Natural Curriculum Hub Outdoor Learning Zone).
  • Develop strategies for delivering lessons outdoors in a range of curriculum subjects.
  • Be inspired to transform outside spaces to develop pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding across the curriculum.
  • Develop opportunities for assessment, inclusion and subject specific skills and learning.

Each session involves activities to:

  • Introduce the use of basic tools/resources relevant for each subject.
  • Explore and share teaching strategies for delivering lessons outdoors in your school setting.
  • Unlock access to a range of constantly updated downloadable teaching materials through an online portal.
  • Introduce team/paired/individual activities to use across the primary age range.
  • Provide consideration of practicalities including behaviour for learning (BfL), staffing and risk assessment of specific subject areas when teaching in an outdoor setting.

All sessions are research-informed and demonstrate the latest ideas in outdoor learning to enable you to work towards delivering a Natural Curriculum in your school.

New Dates for 2023:

Date and locationSession Title
Friday 3rd February 2023
9.30am-3.00pm

LJMU Outdoor Learning Area
John Lennon Art and Design Academy
Orthes Street
Liverpool 3 5RD

Please note that these sessions are held outdoors and you should dress for the weather to ensure you are comfortable all day.

To book:
https://buyonline.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/ljmu/conferences/natural-curriculum-practitioner-programme-ncpp-202223
Thrive in the Forest – Character Education and PSHE in the Natural Curriculum

Learn effective strategies to use to strengthen pupils’ wider personal development by making links to SMSC, PSHE, wellbeing and resilience.  Learn effective strategies to use to strengthen pupils’ wider personal development by making links to SMSC, PSHE, wellbeing and resilience.  We will explore the principles and requirements of the latest DfE guidance for Character Education and how this can be encouraged for all pupils in an outdoor setting.  We will consider the organisational aspects of planning, setting up and teaching Character Education in an outdoor setting.  We will demonstrate some activities to develop the whole child including:
– Outdoor cooking
– Making dens
– Use of tools
– Craft activities
– Team collaborative activities
– Paired trust activities
– Physical challenges
 
Wednesday 8th February 2023
 9.30am-3.00pm

LJMU Outdoor Learning Area
John Lennon Art and Design Academy
Orthes Street
Liverpool 3 5RD

Please note that these sessions are held outdoors and you should dress for the weather to ensure you are comfortable all day.

To book:
https://buyonline.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/ljmu/conferences/natural-curriculum-practitioner-programme-ncpp-202223
English in the Natural Curriculum

This Primary English outdoors course is designed to help you raise attainment in English through building quality learning experience in your school grounds. We will show you how to engage learners in memorable English learning outdoors, including:
– Spoken Language
– Reading, including the use of picture books as starting points for lessons
– Creative writing skills
 
Wednesday 15th February 2023
 9.30am-3.00pm

LJMU Outdoor Learning Area
John Lennon Art and Design Academy
Orthes Street
Liverpool 3 5RD

Please note that these sessions are held outdoors and you should dress for the weather to ensure you are comfortable all day.

To book:
https://buyonline.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/ljmu/conferences/natural-curriculum-practitioner-programme-ncpp-202223
Maths in the Natural Curriculum

This Primary Maths outdoors course is designed to help you raise attainment in the maths through building a quality learning experience in your school grounds. This Primary Maths outdoors course is designed to help you raise attainment in maths through building quality learning experience in your school grounds. We will show you how to engage learners in memorable maths learning outdoors, including skills and understanding in:
– Number
– Geometry (position and direction)
– Geometry (properties of shape)
– Measure
– Statistics
– Mathematical Reasoning

All of the sessions will incorporate the 5 Big Ideas in Maths Mastery (Coherence, Representation and Structure, Mathematical Thinking, Fluency and Variation).  https://www.ncetm.org.uk/teaching-for-mastery/mastery-explained/five-big-ideas-in-teaching-for-mastery/
 
Friday 24th February 2023
 9.30am-3.00pm

LJMU Outdoor Learning Area
John Lennon Art and Design Academy
Orthes Street
Liverpool 3 5RD

Please note that these sessions are held outdoors and you should dress for the weather to ensure you are comfortable all day.

To book:
https://buyonline.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/ljmu/conferences/natural-curriculum-practitioner-programme-ncpp-202223
Science in the Natural Curriculum

This Primary Science outdoors course is designed to help you raise attainment in the sciences through building quality learning experience in your school grounds. We will show you how to engage learners in memorable science learning outdoors to promote scientific literacy and inclusion, and to develop the multiple goals of the Big Ideas in Science to improve:
– Understanding of a set of big ideas in science which include ideas of science and ideas about science and its applications
– Scientific capabilities concerned with gathering and using evidence
– Scientific attitudes and dispositions

The Big Ideas in Science will be put into an outdoor learning context to contextualise learning for pupils and enable them to understand how the world around them is interconnected and relevant to their lived experiences.
Friday 3rd March 2023
 9.30am-3.00pm

LJMU Outdoor Learning Area
John Lennon Art and Design Academy
Orthes Street
Liverpool 3 5RD

Please note that these sessions are held outdoors and you should dress for the weather to ensure you are comfortable all day.

To book:
https://buyonline.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/ljmu/conferences/natural-curriculum-practitioner-programme-ncpp-202223
Outdoor Skills Training Day

Learn new skills to help you to feel confident to deliver any outdoor learning session using a range of different tools and techniques in a curriculum context.  You will learn from demonstrations by trained LJMU staff and activities that will allow you to put into action the skills you have learned.  These skills will include:
– Introduction to use and maintenance of tools (peelers/knives for whittling, hammers, mallets, trowels and forks, bowsaws, mallets, loppers and secateurs).
– Introduction to basic knots and use of knots for attaching to structures and trees (overhand knot and half hitch, lashing and frapping techniques to make frames, cow hitch and bowline knots).
– Use of a range of frames for shelters including A-frame, tripod, tipi and lean-to.
– Use of fire and fire safety including using fire strikers to spark a flame and light a piece of cotton wool.
– Make use of fire for cooking/setting up tripod over fire (use of Dutch oven, griddle, fire gloves) to cook a range of food including soups, pizza, popcorn, wraps and simple cakes/sweet treats.
Friday 10th March 2023
 9.30am-3.00pm

LJMU Outdoor Learning Area
John Lennon Art and Design Academy
Orthes Street
Liverpool 3 5RD

Please note that these sessions are held outdoors and you should dress for the weather to ensure you are comfortable all day.

To book:
https://buyonline.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/ljmu/conferences/natural-curriculum-practitioner-programme-ncpp-202223
Art and Design in the Natural Curriculum

This Primary Art and Design outdoors course is designed to help you raise attainment in Art and Design through building quality learning experience in your school grounds. We will show you how to develop pupils’ Art and Design techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.  Areas of focus will include:
– Sculpture
– Painting
– Textiles

We will make use of natural materials to develop:
– Colour
– Pattern
– Texture
– Line
– Shape
– Form
– Space
Friday 17th  March 2023
 9.30am-3.00pm

LJMU Outdoor Learning Area
John Lennon Art and Design Academy
Orthes Street
Liverpool 3 5RD

Please note that these sessions are held outdoors and you should dress for the weather to ensure you are comfortable all day.

To book:
https://buyonline.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/ljmu/conferences/natural-curriculum-practitioner-programme-ncpp-202223
Religious Education in the Natural Curriculum

This session is designed to help you to show how the outdoors and nature can contribute to pupils’ mental, cognitive and linguistic development through a range of RE activities which offer distinctive opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The use of outdoor and nature offers a structured and safe space during curriculum time for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate. This session also allows for timely and sensitive responses to be made to unforeseen events of a religious, moral or philosophical nature, whether local, national or global and relevant religious festivals.  You will learn how to develop pupils’ skills to:
– Explore practices from a range of different faith groups which promote mindfulness and meditation such as creating mandala or a zen garden.
– Discuss a range of beliefs and issues around religious beliefs in an outdoor setting to help with the clarity of critical thinking; take some heat out of potential arguments and encourage the participants to relax and gain the confidence to contribute.
– Learn about the different links between religious festivals/practices and nature eg the Jewish festival of Sukkah, Hindu Diwali and Buddhist Prayer gardens.
– Develop understanding of the various Creation beliefs linked with different religious groups and the importance of their links with nature.
– Learn about how different faith groups have used the outdoors in their worship including through standing stones, cup and ring structures, sacred caves, wells and cairns.
Friday 24th March 2023
 9.30am-3.00pm

LJMU Outdoor Learning Area
John Lennon Art and Design Academy
Orthes Street
Liverpool 3 5RD

Please note that these sessions are held outdoors and you should dress for the weather to ensure you are comfortable all day.

To book:
https://buyonline.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/ljmu/conferences/natural-curriculum-practitioner-programme-ncpp-202223
Design Technology in the Natural Curriculum

This Primary Design Technology outdoors course is designed to help you raise attainment in Design Technology through building quality learning experience in your school grounds. We will show you how to develop pupils’ Design Technology knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.  Areas of focus will include:
Design purposeful, functional, appealing products
Making use of a range of tools, natural materials and components
Evaluation of products and ideas
Technical Knowledge to build structures, explore and use mechanisms such as levers, sliders, wheels and axels
Cooking and Nutrition to teach about a healthy diet, where food comes from, to prepare and cook outdoors using seasonal vegetables.

 

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