Inspirational, Curriculum-Linked Learning Outside the Classroom - Live! 

Hosted by John Newton Education and SOuL at Oakmeadow Primary School, Shropshire on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 

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"Reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health, wellbeing, spirit and survival."

- Richard Louv, Author, The Nature Principle, 2012. 

In the past decade, five significant, independent reviews have been conducted both nationally and internationally which focus on the impact of children learning in the natural environment. Each of them provide compelling evidence that outdoor learning can – and does – make a significant, positive impact on children’s mental health, physical health, concentration levels, enjoyment of learning, engagement and social and academic progress. 

This course will help you develop the confidence and skills so you can routinely harness the opportunities that teaching beyond the classroom provides for enriching the curriculum. What's different about this event however is you will be working alongside pupils and staff during a regular school day to witness best practice in action.

Featuring workshops from Oakmeadow CofE Primary School, John Newton and SOuL this day will help you develop a broad, balanced curriculum and maximise the impact of outdoor learning at your school. Whether you are right at the beginning, or are well-seasoned at implementing learning outside the classroom in your school, this day contains a mixture of introductory and advanced content.

Expect this event to be fully participative, experiential and mostly outdoors. There will be numerous opportunities to share best practice with other passionate colleagues from state and independent settings in your region.

You will come away with pragmatic tips, tools and ideas so you can feel confident to take more of your teaching outside immediately, be it for curriculum or character based learning. You will:

  • Develop a definition of ‘Outdoor Learning’ and what it looks like in practice.

  • Develop an understanding of the potential impact of frequent, contextualised outdoor learning on physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as on academic, social and emotional development.

  • Learn from existing best practice.

  • Encounter real pupils in a typical school setting and observe outdoor learning in action.

  • Participate in hands-on activities, which will offer examples and resources to utilise in your own settings.

  • Understand how to lead the development of outdoor learning back in your school.

  • Access a range of valuable, free resources and support including activity ideas, lesson plans and a unique, outdoor learning skills progression document.

  • Network, communicate, get inspired, enjoy a complementary lunch and refreshments and have fun! 

In addition you will receive the following free resources worth over £100:

  • 'Outdoor Learning Skills Progression' blueprint written by John Newton to support school leaders and teachers to get the greatest impact from outdoor learning

  • A pack of tried and tested curriculum-linked lesson plans

  • Our 'Tips and Tools Handbook' for exceptional outdoor learning

  • A checklist of essential low-cost/no-cost OL resources to get you started

  • A series of activities designed to 'awaken enthusiasm' in learners with curriculum links

  • Plus many more resources, lesson plans and ideas

This event is for Heads, Deputies, HoDs, Teachers EYFS/KS1/2 or 3 and other education practitioners in both independent and state sectors.


£189 +VAT


Wednesday 22nd May - Oakmeadow CofE Primary School, Shropshire, SY3 0NU

9:30 - 16:00