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Sheffield Outdoor Learning Schools Conference

Sheffield Outdoor Learning Schools Conference

Sheffield Outdoor Learning Schools Conference

Wednesday 13th March 2024

Location: Ecclesall Woods Discovery Centre, S7 2QX 
Time: 9:00 - 15:30
Aimed at Sheffield schools this conference for teachers, educators, curriculum leads and outdoor visits co-ordinators, is an opportunity to showcase the many opportunities and benefits available to the community of Sheffield schools. With a range of workshops and activities covering EYFS to GCSE field work. Sharing best practice and easy ideas to connect young people with the natural world for the benefits of wellbeing, growing outdoor learning and nature recovery.

Workshop information: More to be added closer to the time

Literacy in the Outdoors - Learn how to use simple clay and natural woodland resources to make models of woodland animals to inspire children in their writing. The workshop will show how a simple model can: inspire children to listen and discuss facts about hedgehogs / organise their ideas for non-fiction writing about hedgehogs / create adjectives to describe a hedgehog characters and its setting for story writing / write a diary account e.g. ‘A night in the life of a hedgehog'. Aimed at key stage 2.

Making the most of your school grounds - Wildlife needs our help and children benefit from a connection to nature more than ever. Join Sarah for some practical ideas for how to help wildlife and expand the habitats on your school grounds, both for nature and better outdoor learning.

Sustainable food and farming - inside and outside the classroom - How study of food and farming can bring your teaching alive. This interactive workshop will encourage you to reflect your own food choices and provide you with a whole range of practical ideas to use in the classroom. You will also find out about further supporting resources and how to plan a visit to farm. Suitable for primary and secondary teachers. Lead by Bobbie Harvey, Regional Education Specialist LEAF Education.

Eco-anxiety and young people – Sheffield Wildlife Trust work with young people and this workshop is about reducing eco-anxiety and increasing wellbeing for children and young people. Find out what it is and activities to support the positive impact of being outdoors and nature connectivity. Suitable for Primary and Secondary teachers.

Green space around you - Sheffield Great Outdoors! The green space around you – Learn more about the opportunities available to schools within Sheffield’s amazing parks, woodlands, rivers and beyond. As The Outdoor City, find out about where and how to unlock the opportunities to create a National Curriculum using these assets on your doorstep or further afield.

Play and natural materials - Children learn best via first-hand experiences and through using all their senses. Where better to do this than outside? Not only does outdoor play act as an integral part of a child's learning opportunities, but it can help massively benefit children's mental and physical health and wellbeing. Natural materials are some of the best resources you can provide for outdoor play. They are easily found or inexpensive to buy and, most importantly, have excellent play value. Come and participate in a range of hands-on activities, gaining new ideas to take home and try in your own setting. Aimed at early year and KS1.

Fieldwork in protected areas - how to minimise your footprint and maximise your nature connection - Protected areas (and other natural spaces) have huge potential to take our learning to the next level and benefit our pupils in the process. How can we make sure that working in these areas isn’t having an overwhelmingly negative impact upon them? We will look at how to plan and deliver sessions that minimise the impact on the natural environment and maximise the benefits to our pupils. Aimed at upper KS2 and secondary teachers.

For more information please contact: Woodland.discovery@sheffield.gov.uk (please note bookings cannot be taken over the phone) 

Parking is free and the location is easy to get to via public transport routes. Directions and information on Ecclesall Woods can be found here.

Please note: This will be a hands-on day with outdoor sessions. Please come dressed for a day in the woods.


Cost: £25 per person (including lunch)
(Booking advice: Please put your school address in the address box when booking your ticket)