Monthly Archives: July 2013

Whitby Camping Experience with Western Primary School

A fantastic week of camping, sunshine, beaches, sea and sand, ( and a few weasels too…) with Western Primary School. A great team – hope you enjoyed yourselves

Sir John Mogg School: An Outdoor Learning Conference

Sir John Mogg School, a SCE school based in Detmold, Germany have successfully developed the Forest School concept to provide outdoor learning for all pupils. A recent change in tack has seen the Forest School approach used to develop links to curriculum topics and areas across the whole school.

Mike Silvani, the school’s Deputy Head, has led the development of this programme through his training as a Forest School Leader and his experience and skill at leading learning in the outdoors.

“Forest School is an educational approach that aims to provide opportunities for children to be confident, capable learners in a challenging but largely natural environment. Many children find that they can demonstrate skills and abilities that are otherwise hidden, developing self-esteem and peer appreciation that, crucially, impacts upon their performance across the rest of the curriculum. In Sir John Mogg School, all children from FS2 – Y6 have a session of Forest School each week with Mr Silvani, the Deputy Headteacher who has trained as a Forest School Leader. Children are taught to use tools appropriate to their age and ability to shape natural materials into a variety of objects to use in their learning outside the classroom. ”

Sir John Mogg website

Earlier in 2013 Mike Silvani along with colleagues, Rosemary, Angie and Nigel,  travelled to N.E.Lincolnshire to attend OLC’s Beyond the Classroom Conference. I was delighted when Mike later approached me to discuss ideas for an Outdoor Learning Conference for other SCE schools to be held in the fantastic forest grounds at Sir John Mogg.

The resulting conference saw OLC delivering workshops to teachers on assessing and reviewing outdoor learning and to pupils based on exploring the natural environment and questioning through a range of activities linked to Earth -walks and Darwin Thinking Walks.

The keynote speaker provided a fascinating and creative insight into the power of storytelling from Katrice Horsley the National Storytelling Laureate.

“Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of entertainment and also the way in which we make sense of the world around us. It is through stories that we create an identity, both through the stories we choose to hear about ourselves and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves. Storytelling is an incredible tool that can be used in exploring a variety of issues and emotions, whether these be within communities, organisations or individuals. Storytelling is easy to access and is a medium that everyone can identify with.”



Littlecoates Summer Camp

A brilliant few days working with Littlecoates Primary School Year 6 and teachers on Summer Camp.

Hardworking, a great team spirit and fantastic fun!

Hope you enjoyed your 3 days of outdoor adventure and see you again soon  🙂