Creative Skills in the Outdoors


Featuring 'The Lost Words'


 6th March 2019, 10:00 - 16:00

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HN


£138 +VAT

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This one day outdoor learning masterclass is designed to help you develop the skills, confidence and ideas on how to take your teaching outside across all areas of learning. 
In addition, some of the workshops provided by our inspiring teachers and facilitators, will focus specifically on 'The Lost Words Creative Skills Project' in Carmarthenshire providing activities, free lesson plans and inspiration to bring this literary award winning book to life in an outdoor setting.

In the past decade, five significant, independent reviews have been conducted both nationally and internationally which focus on the impact of children learning experientially in the natural environment. Each of them provide compelling evidence that outdoor learning can – and does – make a significant, positive impact on children’s:

  • mental health
  • physical health
  • behaviour
  • social skills
  • academic progress
  • enjoyment of learning
  • engagement with the curriculum
  • supporting children with SEN 

Expect this event to be fully participative, multi sensory, inspiring, experiential and outdoors. There will be numerous opportunities to learn from other passionate colleagues from across Wales. The workshops and keynote speakers will help you:

  • Gain the confidence to teach outside and link back to the curriculum
  • Gain ideas, inspiration and tools to bring The Lost Words to life with your pupils
  • Receive key resources and information to get you started
  • Learn how to make the most of your own school grounds for teaching and learning
  • Find out how to fit outdoor learning into a jam packed curriculum

5 Free additional resources worth over £100 when attending this event:

  1. Free lesson plans and activity ideas for using The Lost Words outside 
  2. Our Tips and Tools Handbook for outdoor learning
  3. A pack of tried and tested inspirational outdoor lesson plans covering all areas of learning
  4. Key low cost/no cost resources checklist for outdoor learning
  5. Key research to help embed the philosophy and practice in your school

This event along with the additional resources aims to give you everything you need to either get started in your school or enhance your current outdoor practice beyond just creative skills.

This event is suitable for Heads, Deputies, HoDs, Teachers FP - KS-2, TA's and other education practitioners in both independent and state sectors.


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John Newton - Former Headteacher

John has been a teacher for fourteen years, the last five of which spent as Head Teacher of Barrow 1618 CofE Primary Free School, in Shropshire. 

Joining the school in September 2013, results were low (in the bottom 20% of schools nationally), morale was on the decline and pupil and parent satisfaction was waning. An OFSTED inspection in early 2014 resulted in an outcome of ‘Requires Improvement’.

Committed to the vision of developing a unique curriculum, centring on experiential and inspirational learning opportunities posed by the outdoor environment and local community, the school’s journey of improvement was rapid and sustained.

When OFSTED revisited in June 2016, the school was awarded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. More importantly, the school community was invigorated, engaged, happy and achieving highly – with academic results consistently above local and national averages at all key stages.

John is a passionate advocate of Outdoor Learning and has a keen interest in the impact of curriculum design on pupils’ academic and non-academic development. During his keynote, John will share his insights and advice from his initially sceptical view of outdoor learning to becoming a successful practitioner, and inspirational leader with a vibrant and healthy school culture.