£160 – £360

Inspirational Outdoors 2019. Cornwall's Outdoor Play & Learning Conference

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Mount Pleasant Ecological Park

Chapel Hill

Porthtowan

TR4 8HL

United Kingdom

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This will be our third year running this exceptional conference - you are buying a ticket for an amazing two days of professional development. The emphasis is on outdoor play and learning, workshops will be outside so please dress for the weather.

It's a Monday and Tuesday why not come down for the weekend too? Network, camp, see our beautiful local area and totally make the most of that time. Camping available on site.

The Day

8.45 book in, coffee and tea.

Workshops

  • Gill Mulholland, Education Specialist at Eden Project - Invisible Worlds - Exploring things in nature that are too small or too vast or too fast to see. Feeding curiosity through science enquiry.


  • Chris and Debs Harvey, Woodland Adventurers - Playing with Fire
    This workshop will be full of fun, inspiration and activities so that you leave full of confidence to use fire with your groups. We will enjoy the many elements that fire can bring to your outdoor learning environment. From safe siting, to lighting, explore the different types of fire and how to cook simple snacks. Learning through fire is a fantastic way to engage children, creating magical memories, food for sharing and giving skills for life.


  • Dr Mel McCree, Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Studies - Circles of Support
    Get some essential tips and help relevant for all practitioners to survive in tough times. e.g get your senior leadership team on side, find land management and other volunteers, promote your work, PR for your planning app, find advocates in the local authority, maybe a magic fairy godmother you never know til you try! Often we feel alone in our struggle to make good stuff happen, yet there is help on hand. This generous and reflective exploration of your circle of support will give you a better sense of your allies, location, community and where you can call help in from. We will problem-solve challenges and barriers to reaching out and developing our work. You will leave with a secure knowledge of who you can call on for support with an action plan to use.

  • Chris Dow, Forest School SNTP - Bubbleology!
    This workshop will introduce a way of helping practitioners to create opportunities in the Play Curriculum (elements) as playing with 'air' is less obvious than say having a fire, digging earth or playing with water in drain pipes which are all outdoor play favourites. We will use simple resources and tools to construct bubble wands, discuss the 'science' of how bubbles form and reveal the chemistry of the mix to make BIG bubbles. Bubble on!


  • Tim Graham, Snapdragons Nursery - Rhythms of Life

“Walking along with heartbeat and breath – is one of the three first rhythms of life” (Macfarlane, 2015) Starting with the first rhythms of life and expanding outwards using simple songs to create expansive soundscapes, this workshop explores structures for improvisation in music and storytelling outdoors. Whether you are working in preschool or primary school, or exploring improvisation skills with older children, this workshop offers an active way of engaging, playing and performing with music and rhythm.

This workshop provides techniques and skills in the performing arts including more advanced skills in improvising and performing. These can be used in sessions with children and young adults or between staff to transport young children on a journey in story and song. EYFS – creating and changing songs. Representing own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music and role play.


  • Mary McClean & Katie Greenaway, Gowerton Primary - Challenge and Inspire

Come and problem solve, collaborate, communicate, think & design! Our workshop will provide a challenge based focus that will excite and motivate a range of learners. The workshop is aimed at Key Stage 2 but the concept can be easily adapted to both younger and older learners. Take part in our challenge and use the natural environment to inspire creative thinking and expand your knowledge in the outdoors. Are you able to work as a team and reach your objective? Don’t forget it’s about the journey, not the end result! You won’t realise that you are covering key skills, curriculum areas and wellbeing –you will be too busy being architects, engineers, artists, inventors and having fun!

Curriculum benefits:

Key skills - Thinking skills, Communication skills, Numeracy skills

Core Curriculum areas - Literacy, Numeracy, Science

Other curriculum areas - Design & technology, PSE (wellbeing, self-esteem), Art

Life skills – Problem Solving, resilience, perseverance, dexterity, imagination, awe & wonder, sense of fun


  • Dr Phil Waters. I Love Nature CIC - It's a Small World After All

Feed into your shrinking machine an amazing story, an array of weird and wonderful objects, add a touch of imagination and oodles of fun, and you have a recipe for small-world play.

In this workshop you’ll help some homeless Cornish Piskies by rebuilding their village. You’ll work with a range of materials and build a grand design on a very small scale.

This workshop has an environmental education theme, which is delivered through playful learning.

Participants will learn about:

Loose Parts – how resources can expand children’s inventiveness

How stories can be applied to frame play and learning

How object play supports artifactual literacy and combinatorial flexibility

Playfulness as a method of engagement


  • Nik Elvy, Miss Elvy's Curious School of the Wild - Stories by Stealth
    You can get outside now! What you perceive as a problem outside can become the heart and soul of your outdoor experiences. Barriers to getting out are most often about attitude change and not always about changes to your space. Let me help you overcome your worries and fears about taking your groups outside. This is a how to get outside now workshop, great for those with small or nonexistent budgets!


  • Chris Dow, Forest School SNTP - Whistleblowing, vegetable based instrument carving!
    Wooden whistle making can be really frustrating when it doesn't quite work – it can take ages to carve a beautiful whistle and then get problems with your 'fipple'. Carrot whistles however carve easily and you can chuck it if it goes wrong - or eat it for that matter. We will discuss how a whistle actually works and how to make it work for you and your groups?
    Wooden whistle making can be really frustrating when it doesn't quite work – it can take ages to carve a beautiful whistle and then get problems with your 'fipple'. Carrot whistles however carve easily and you can chuck it if it goes wrong - or eat it for that matter. We will discuss how a whistle actually works and how to make it work for you and your groups?
    Music – making sounds, changing pitch etc.

Science – sound, hearing,

Design technology – making instruments

PSHE Well-being – emotional learning


  • Nik Elvy, Miss Elvy's Curious School of the Wild - Getting Outside (using what you already have)
    You can get outside now! What you perceive as a problem outside can become the heart and soul of your outdoor experiences. Barriers to getting out are most often about attitude change and not always about changes to your space. Let me help you overcome your worries and fears about taking your groups outside. This is a how to get outside now workshop, great for those with small or nonexistent budgets!


Tea, coffee & Vegetarian Lunch included.

4.15 Close

Workshops and timings may change.

Do have a look at our Facebook page Inspirational Outdoors if you'd like to see what the event looks like, ask any questions and introduce yourself.

Thanks, Niki & Martin

Niki is an Outdoor Play Consultant & Trainer and Martin runs Highway Farm Activity Centre.




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Chapel Hill

Porthtowan

TR4 8HL

United Kingdom

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