Learning in the Natural Environment
Every child should be given the opportunity to experience and learn about the natural environment.
- • Increased knowledge of UK education system.
- • Increased awareness of learning in natural environment.
- • Increased creativity and ability to implement new activities, using learning outside methods.
- • Improved English language skills.
- • Increased intercultural skills and ability to work in diverse environment.
- • Learn from the best practice of UK schools.
- • Increased knowledge of new methods and approaches.
- • Greater understanding and responsiveness to social, linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe and local area.
- • Increased motivation and creativity in daily work.
- • Increase knowledge of UK education system.
- • Increase knowledge on learning outside the classroom in natural environments.
- • Learn from best practice of the UK schools.
- • Inspire the participants to build learning outside the classroom in natural environments into their teaching practice.
- • Increase participants’ confidence and creativity in partnership working.
- • Enable participants to find at least 3 project ideas and techniques for their own context.
- • UK educational system.
- • Teaching outside the classroom.
- • Benefits and barriers to learning outside the classroom in natural environment.
- • Use of technology.
- • Partnership working: examples of best practice.
- • Study visits lo local school.
Despite increasingly robust evidence demonstrating the benefits of childhood experiences taking place in nature, recent surveys show that the vast majority of our children are rapidly losing connection with their local natural environments. Children from deprived communities are particularly disadvantaged.
The aim of the training ‘Learning in the Natural Environment’ is to introduce the experience of UK schools, which take part in Natural Connections Project implemented in 200 schools across South West of the UK.
During the training, we will focus on learning outside the classroom, which use activities and venues to inspire both children and teachers to excel in subjects from across the whole curriculum. From mathematics to music, biology to physics, languages to literature – the aim of learning in the natural environment is to enable children to access the benefits of learning outside.
Environmental-based education makes other school subjects rich and relevant and gets apathetic students excited about learning
A broad range of skills ranging from the technical to the social have been identified as outcomes of outdoor education, particularly when it is integrated with the everyday school curriculum.
This course is for those who have some or little experience of getting outside the classroom, but would like to know more about how to maximise the benefits of outside learning.
The participants will begin to think about how learning in natural environment is implemented across the school.
During the training, the participants will discover some of the research into the benefits of learning in natural environment for pupil development, identify challenges for learning outside and will identify the opportunities close to home and further afield.
Methods used:Combination of methodology sessions -presentations, debate, simulation exercises , case studies, practical activities in the field.
How to Apply?
POSSIBLE ERASMUS+ FUNDING
Erasmus+ Mobility project for school education staff under Key Action 1 (staff training) follow the link here: follow the link here: Opportunities for staff
Who can take part?Staff in charge of school education(teaching and non-teaching, including school managers, heads, etc.), working in the sending school(s)
as well as other educational staff (school inspectors, school counsellors, pedagogical advisors, psychologists, etc.) involved in the strategic development of the sending school(s).
Eligible countries:All EU countries and former Yugoslav, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Turkey and Iceland).
When & How to apply:Applicants (any organisation working in adult education field) have to submit their grant application by
2 February at 12:00 (midday Brussels time).
Please, do not hesitate to contact us if your school would like to take part in the proposed trainings. Send your express of interest email to: