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, beaches 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.

Sessions include:

Core Module: Learning in the Natural Curriculum – Establishing Key Principles

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?   This module is an integral starting point for a fuller understanding of outdoor learning and, as such, is a compulsory module on the programme.

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. 

The session will include an introduction to:

  • Basic resources/tools for outdoor learning across the curriculum
  • Activities linked to different curriculum areas
  • Downloadable resources to use in your setting

Outdoor Skills Modules (Choose 2):

The following Modules 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.

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

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
  • Creative writing skills

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/

Science in the Natural Curriculum

This Primary Science outdoors course is designed to help you raise attainment in the sciences through building a 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, through:

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

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.

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 – products and ideas
  • Technical Knowledge – build structures, explore and use mechanisms such as levers, sliders, wheels and axels
  • Cooking and Nutrition – a healthy diet, where food comes from, to prepare and cook outdoors using seasonal vegetables.

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

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