Wednesday 8th February 2017 RSPB Pulborough Brooks (Sussex & Brighton/Hove Teachers)
Steve Savage – Shoreham Beach Nature Reserve Education Officer
Dr Dave Leech – British Trust for Ornithology
This workshop day is a wonderful opportunity for schools to plan outdoor science and wildlife based activities that support learning all year round. Led by two outstanding practitioners in the field of outdoor learning the day will appeal to both experienced Science and Outdoor Learning Coordinators and teachers looking for ideas and activities that engage their pupils in learning about nature and embrace the concept of working outside.
In the morning Steve will be leading two sessions. The first “Establishing wildlife habitats in your school grounds” will show teachers how they can involve pupils in mapping their school grounds to locate wildlife and food chains and use the information gathered to make informed decisions about where to locate new features. To demonstrate how this methodology works Steve will share examples from urban and rural school case studies he has supported. The second session titled “Learning about wildlife – Planning outdoor based science activities” will focus on how schools can use their outdoor spaces to support science based learning activities all year round. This session will provide teachers with lots of learning activities that they can adapt and use back at school. These will include a focus on water, building a pond or a small water feature and learning about the lifecycles and habits of small insects, bees and birds using a range of scientific skills.
After lunch Dave Leech will be joining us to outline how schools can involve their pupils in supporting the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Bird Survey Programme all year round. Crammed full with Teaching & Learning ideas about how to involve pupils both in school and outside in gathering and using data, this session will introduce teachers to popular survey programmes managed by the BTO that include The Nest Box Challenge, Bird Track, The Breeding Bird Survey and Garden Watch.
The final session will be an opportunity for teachers working in groups to review together the ideas introduced during the day and view a range of science and nature based educational resources developed by leading organisations and charities (including Friends of The Earth and The Wildlife Trust) to support UK Environmental Weeks planned in 2017 and early 2018. Leaving at the end of the day with an extensive library of Teaching Ideas and resources, we believe all attending will return to school enthused and fully committed to creating new Outdoor Learning opportunities for all their pupils!