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Essex LOTC providers (previously known as ELfS) will be running its annual teachers conference on Thursday 29th September 2016. Cressing Temple Barns, managed by Essex CC Country Parks, will be hosting this years Learning Outside the Classroom Conference. This is a great opportunity for CPD around out of the classroom learning with practical workshops, ideas and inspiration to take back to your primary school or early years setting.
Cressing Temple, between Witham and Braintree, is of supreme interest for its unique buildings and gardens. Given to the Knights Templar in 1137, its Grade I-listed Barley and Wheat Barns, built in the 13th century, are among the oldest timber barns and few surviving Templar buildings in England. Displays inside outline the history of the Templars and the site. There is also plenty of outside space for workshops relating to the natural world.
Price per person is £75; this includes refreshments during the day, lunch and conference. The conference is open to all teachers, teaching assistants, head teachers, governors, trainee teachers or anyone in your school who may be open to Learning Outside the classroom.
KEY NOTE SPEAKER
We are delighted to comfirm that our key note speaker will be Chris Holland who is a leading inspiration in the field of nature connection and creative outdoor learning. He is also an author (I love my World) and music maker. His website is http://www.wholeland.org.uk/
We can now confirm a wide variety of workshops including:
Coalhouse Fort: 'Pi, Pythagoras and Problem Solving'. Learn how to use the outdoors and buildings to teach children higher level maths problems such as Pi and Pythagoras. (KS2)
Essex Wildlife Trust: 'Sticks in Schools' . How to cover the whole curriculum using sticks…Simple and cheap but effective (KS1/KS2)
Hyde Hall (RHS): “Early years outdoor art’
Lee Valley: 'Magic of Minibeasts'. Terrestrial invertebrates have the power to captivate your class. This workshop is designed to give teachers and support staff the confidence and practical knowledge to run their own minibeast sessions or book sessions with outdoor providers. Lee Valley Regional Park education staff will highlight the potential of outdoor learning and share their ID and equipment tips in this practical workshop. (KS2)
Essex CC Country Parks: 'Geocaching'. Take a journey of discovery by going on a high-tech treasure hunt. Your journey will include literacy and numeracy links and is a great team building activity. (KS2)
Essex CC Country Parks: 'Barefoot walking'. Walking barefoot gives great benefits to adults and children including reflexology, stronger feet, better circulation, greater balance and posture and fantastic health benefits of ‘earthing’. Set up and take part in this great nature walk. (KS1 and KS2)
Chris Holland: 'Natural Flow working'. As an example of natural flow work the workshop will look at how music and nature connection create community. (KS1 and KS2)
RandH services: 'Plant Power'. Explore the uses of the plants In our beautiful garden. Use all your senses on our historical adventure. (KS1 and KS2)
Plus others from the Daws Hall nature reserve and the Field Studies Council
Further information on these workshops and hopefully more will be available well before the event so do re-visit this site for up to date information which will also be emailed to all those booking.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BOOKING AND PAYMENT
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Essex LOTC providers, previously called The Essex Learning for Sustainability (ELfS) Group, brings together groups and individuals from across Essex who offer programmes of environmental education and Education for Sustainable Development for the benefit of schools, other groups of young people and the wider public. Together, members offer a wide range of services based at their own centres and sites, outreach and school based work and educational resources.