South Highland OWL Group
If you are a teacher:
Please book your place on this CPD event through the Highland Council CPD site (Course ID: 49932) and then please ALSO email your name, contact details, school class/place of work & rank your workshop preferences (A-G, ranked 1-7) to Shona.Amos@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
If you are not a teacher but work with children and young people:
Please email Shona.Amos@forestry.gsi.gov.uk to book your place, and give your name, contact details, school class/place of work & rank your workshop preferences (A-G, ranked 1-7)
This CPD event is the launch of the new South Highland OWL Group. For more details about the event call Suzann Barr at Abriachan Forest Trust on 01463 861236.
10.00 – Registration & refreshments
10.15 – Welcome
10.30 – Workshop 1
11.30 – Workshop 2
12.30 - BYO picnic to share & Outdoor Learning market place
13.30 – Workshop 3
14.30 – Feedback & looking forward
15.00 - Close
These practical workshops will take place outdoors whatever the weather, so please come prepared! Workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
A: Is There Room on Your Broom? (Early Level) Shona Amos, Forestry Commission Scotland environmental ranger, Forest Kindergarten practitioner.
Come prepared to bring Julia Donaldson’s stories to life through a variety of active and crafty activities.
B: Wolf Brother’s Mesolithic technology. (Level 1/2 ) Roni Smith, Forest School Practitioner, Abriachan Forest Trust.
Test your survival skills in the woods beside the canal and see how they compare with those of Torak the young hero in Michelle Paver’s books. You will build, test, problem solve, cook and, most probably, eat.
C: Tree Stories with an active twist (Level 1/2) Suzann Barr and Lynda Beveridge will use the FCS Tree Stories to lead a walk through the woods, identify the trees through games, tell some tales and make sure you leave the session with lots of cross curricular outdoor learning activities to use....plus a copy of the book.
D: Cross-curricular Picts (Level 2) Matt Ritchie, Forestry Commission Scotland Archaeologist
This is an introduction to the FCS cross-curricular learning resource 'The Picts'. Matt will explore how indoor learning in the classroom and museum can be blended with outdoor learning at the hill fort and symbol stone. He will show how the observational science of archaeology leads to subjective interpretation and supports creative arts and storytelling.
E: Reasonable risk assessment for outdoor learning (All levels) Ben-Brittain-Dodd, Outdoor Education Officer, HighLife Highland
A practical session de-mystifying risk assessments for educators wishing to take learning outside, be it the playground, local parks and areas of wild space. How can we create a document that is functional, meets people’s needs, is actually useful and most importantly empowers people to want to take groups outside!
F: Working around water margins. (All levels) Ben-Brittain-Dodd, Outdoor Education Officer, HighLife Highland
How close is too close and how wet is too wet? With so many opportunities and positive experiences to be gained around bodies of water, this is a chance to ask questions, discuss good practice and take away sources of information to empower informed decisions. Using the canal as a discussion focus, this session will be outside but not too wet, hopefully.
G: Woodland Workout (all Levels)
Help learners develop enterprising knowledge, skills and attitudes and promote physical health and wellbeing using this active woodland trail. Based on an FCS education resource.