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Bush-Craft: Friction Fires, Shelters & Gadgets

Bush-craft: Friction Fires, Shelters & Gadgets…

Date: Monday 9th June 2014

Venue: Cherry Garth, Humberston, N.E.Lincolnshire, DN36 4SJ



A 1 day training course on bush-craft skills with Dave Watson of Woodland Survival Crafts to include…




To develop safe working practices when working with fire and hand tools in group situations.

This course is perfect for those looking at developing basic bush-craft skills for use with or without groups.

Course Content

¨ Shelter Frames – and safe structures

¨ Campfire Gadgets – knife skills & safety to create pot holders

¨ Friction Fire – create your own fire through force…

¨ Fire Safety – essential skills for working with groups

Bookings through: Caroline Carr


Telephone: (+44)   07775596160

Cost: £175

Camping accommodation available for this course £10/ night including breakfast… or sleep out in your shelter and cook over an open fire…!!!


Beyond the Classroom 2014

Beyond the Classroom: Embedding Outdoor Learning into Curriculum

An outdoor learning conference for teachers

A huge thank you to all who attended Outdoor Learning Consultancy’s 3rd Beyond the Classroom Conference at Cherry Garth Scout Campsite, Humberston.

A wonderfully enthusiastic approach to sharing good practice, fabulous ideas and networking opportunities to all our delegates. Resources from Clare are heading your way along with certificates and follow ups.

Thank you for the wonderful contributions from all our presenters & looking forward to working with you in the future. Katrice Horsley, Clare Bryan, Clare Ward, Emma Wilmot, Paul Dearlove, Debbie Lincoln, Mike Silvani, Amy Box, Ian Jessop & Matt ( fab paddle-boarding :)), Rachael Passant-Coy, Claire Waterfall & The Earth Bound Misfits…

Watch this space for training courses and INSET opportunities.

A final thanks to the OLC support team: Chris Newell, Paul Goodwin, Sam Allard, Ann Hebb, Mike Limmer, Greg Jacklin, Keith Lown & Sam for collecting the delicious pies 🙂

Here’s a selection of photos and some of the feedback. Looking forward to 2015 Beyond the Classroom Conference – please contact me with what you think should be included in the programme..

FEEDBACK: Did the conference match your expectations?

“YES – going back with some great practical ideas as well as some food for thought…”

“It matched it and more… not just about the outdoors but learning other things on Literacy”

“Yes – it has given me a range of ideas to use for outdoor learning across the curriculum”

“I had no expectations – I Came with an open mind, but my mind is now a little fuller :)”

“Exceeded! Great variety & I learnt a lot about school needs & curriculum”

“P4C – very thought-provoking”

“Pupil premium good – how money spent”

” Came last year and it was brilliant… this year was even better!”

Again – thanks again for all your comments. OLC will take on board comments on presenters, more workshops!! and giving out more information from the keynote on Embedding Outdoor Learning – watch this space for a follow-up session if people want to attend.

We’d love to hear your feedback from the event and how you’ve tried out ideas in school – please keep us up to date with how your outdoor learning is going :)

Happy outdoor learning…


Lindley Festival of Outdoor Learning 2014

Helping the pieces fit…


Forming…norming & storming to create dynamic group facilitation

This workshop addressed facilitating and reviewing learning through a range of thought-provoking and practical co-operative tasks aimed to challenge personal and group dynamics.

Based on the concepts of group dynamics through forming, norming and storming the group explored the different stages of building rock solid teams through changing & manipulating group dynamics. Fearful of failure?  This session might just have redefined your perspective on success…

This workshop will provide opportunities to develop:

  • Shared knowledge of group dynamics in outdoor environments
  • What review techniques create strong teams
  • What is failure and how to attempt to turn it around
  • Review & reflect on own practice

Minds are like parachutes…

…they only work when they are open!”

Teams: Two teams explored different ways to interact through:

a) experiential team management

b) highly structure (but fair!) team management

The Task: Cross the Swamp

Each team to cross the swamp using a limited number of ‘islands’. If they failed to keep a foot on each island… it was lost to the swamp monster!

The Twist: The  Walky Talky Challenge:

Each team was given a mix of small plastic toys. If the toy has legs that person can walk BUT NOT talk. If it does not have legs the person can talk BUT NOT walk.

Break the rules and loose your walky or talky!

The Outcomes:

Very different depending on how each team was initially set up. Which team will storm then norm fastest to reach a higher performance?

Next steps:

How can schools and outdoor settings develop independent learning skills in young people?Through exploring team development and shared approaches to task allocation when learning to learn OLC’s new training programme for educators  will support schools through:

  • identifying how group dynamics can be affected by teamwork
  • introduce tactics for developing positive group interactions
  • enable greater independent work skills that build on technical knowledge
  • developing strengths in using a range of learning styles through VAK (building and developing on from preferred learning styles…)
  • action planning for introducing independent learning for all ages

The Programme:

Learning to Learn: practical tactics for enabling independent learning

An INSET training package to support teachers and pupils in developing and learning through independence

Available in your school or educational setting as whole day/ half day INSET

Costs: please contact us to discuss options / numbers / requirements

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: Caroline Carr – Outdoor Learning Consultancy





BEYOND ENRICHMENT: curriculum based outdoor learning






Embedding Outdoor Learning Day 2


Back in the Autumn term Caroline Carr of Outdoor Learning Consultancy attended the Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Implementing the new National Curriculum to find out more about what the government was saying about the ‘ rounded curriculum’ and how  learning outdoors can provide the means to deliver schools new curriculums.

The follow up 2 day training and facilitated learning event by OLC provided an overview into the new national curriculum and discussed how outdoor learning can support teaching & learning across subject areas.

20 teachers from across Lincolnshire took part in workshops, discussions and action planning on how they could adapt their new schools curriculums to take learning outdoors.

Day 2 enabled schools to present the fantastic work they had achieved and to share good practice. Watch this space for the teacher presentations – coming soon!

Clare Ward of SEN Consultancy added to the day by presenting a teaser from her Metaphors and mud! workshop. Find out more at her workshops at Beyond the Classroom Conference in March, ( more info on the events page).

If your interested in embedding outdoor learning into your new school curriculums please contact Caroline at to discuss options for training in your school.




P4C For Children in the Outdoors

Philosophy for Children in the Outdoors

A  2 day Level 1 course in Philosophical Thinking for Children based in and around the natural world.

Engage learners through connecting to the natural environment. P4C develops pupil’s critical thinking and promotes reflective thinking through using high level questioning skills.

A fantastic tool to use across the curriculum to challenge pupil’s learning and improve confidence & self-esteem.


This course will be delivered by Paul Dearlove of SAPERE in collaboration with Outdoor Learning Consultancy.

Dates: Monday 23 & Tuesday 24th June 2014

Venue: Cherry Garth Scout Campsite, Humberston Avenue, Lincolnshire, DN26 4SJ

Non- residential – although camping could be an option…

Booking enquiries through Caroline Carr:

Telephone: +44 07775596160

Cost: £275

Outdoor Learning Schools CIC Launch!

OLC would like to invite you to the launch event for Outdoor Learning Schools CIC at E-factor, Wellington Street, Grimsby on Tuesday 25th February.


As a Community Interest Company, OLS aims to further support affordable and accessable outdoor residentials for young people.


Find out more about the work of OLS and how you can get involved in getting young people outdoors through residentails, training & summer schools.

Enjoy a celebratory glass of fizz , a cup of Yorkshire Tea and delicious home-made cakes in the Courtyard Garden on arrival

Date: Tuesday 25th February 2014

Venue: E-Factor, Wellington Street, Grimsby

Time: 5.30 -6.30pm

Book your place at


Beyond the Classroom Conference 2014

Beyond the Classroom: embedding outdoor learning into curriculum

Thursday 20th March – Friday 21st March 2014

Cherry Garth Scout Campsite, Humberston, DN36 4SJ

 Keynote: Katrice Horsley: National Storytelling Laureate

OLC welcomes Katrice Horsley to Beyond the Classroom 2014 to share her passion for storytelling through delivering the key-note address that will launch the outdoors as the place to learn and engage all.

Katrice’s keynote and workshops will build on the underpinning theme of the conference on embedding outdoor learning into new National Curriculum and the importance of communication. Through explaining why storytelling works as a powerful educational tool and how, in the external environment, it can be even more potent and filled with potential. She will share the theoretical underpinning that supports its uses as well as recent findings in neuroscience that shows we all make sense of our world through narrative.


Tall Tales from the Trees: Katrice Horsley:  National Story Telling Laureate

A Ball of String: Clare Bryan: Children’s Links

Wild Play: Emma Wilmot: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Metaphors & mud…! Clare Ward: SEN Consultancy

‘Inspiring and Engaging Learning Science Outside’: Rachael Passant-Coy: Science-Monkeys

Sticks & Stones & Learning Zones: Clare Ward: SEN Consultancy

Philosophy in the Outdoors: Caroline Carr: Outdoor Learning Consultancy

Help! I’m an iPad get me outdoors… : Amy Box: Yarborough Academy

Forest Schools & the Curriculum: Michael Silvani: Sir John Mogg, Germany

Lighting the fires of imagination!: Debbie Lincoln:

Beyond Adventure: adventures in the curriculum: Ian Jessop: Kirklees Council

Stand-up Paddle Boarding & Coracles: Ian Jessop: Kirklees Council

Master classes

Raising Standards through Outdoor Learning and Pupil Premium

Presenter: Alex Wilke: Honilands Primary School, Enfield

Embedding Outdoor Learning into new National Curriculum

Presenter: Caroline Carr: Outdoor Learning Consultancy

Outdoor Adventures: Beyond Enrichment – curriculum based residentials

Presenter: Ian Jessop: Kirklees Council

Adventure Learning Schools: a whole school approach

Presenter: Steve Howe: Adventure Learning Schools

Thinking for Nature: emotional connections to environmental awareness

Presenter: Claire Waterfall: University of Edinburgh


Conference Venue:

Cherry Garth Scout Campsite, Humberston, N.E.Lincolnshire, DN36 4SJ

 Conference Cost:

Conference Full Price                                                     £195 (2nd delegate £95)

Includes 2 days of workshops and master class’s & evening entertainment on the Thursday

Limited Discounted rates available

Workshop Rate ( Thursday 20th March only)            £120 ( 2nd delegate £75)

Student Rate                                                                    £  50/day

Accommodation: Camping available, Thursday evening meal + Friday Breakfast @ £25 /person

Local B&Bs


Conference Booking Form ( see link below)

Enquiries to:

Caroline Carr

Telephone: 07775596160

A3 Leaflet Conference Programme

BTC Booking Form





Beyond the Classroom Conference 2014

OLC welcomes Katrice Horsley to Beyond the Classroom 2014 to share her passion for storytelling through delivering the key-note address that will launch the outdoors as the place to learn and engage all.

Her keynote and workshops will build on the underpinning theme of the conference on embedding outdoor learning into new National Curriculum and the importance of communication. Through explaining why storytelling works as a powerful educational tool and how, in the external environment, it can be even more potent and filled with potential. She will share the theoretical underpinning that supports its uses as well as recent findings in neuroscience that shows we all make sense of our world through narrative.

Katrice Horsley has a background in child development and adventure play. She has always been fascinated by words and their power, both in performance and in sculpting our identities and the social constructs we inhabit. It was whilst living and working in Ghana that she saw the true potential of storytelling and has since used it as a tool in performance, training and therapeutic arenas.

She has developed a reputation as a skilled and deft trainer and performer both nationally and internationally, working for UNHCR, UNICEF, British Council, British Heart Foundation to name but a few.

She is totally passionate about the power of story and this shines through in her work

Katrice will also provide the evening entertainment through an emotive fire side evening performance. Evening Tickets will be available if you can’t make the conference but would like to attend this event. Watch this space for more info…


Outdoor Learning Schools

Launching for 2014 welcome to Outdoor Learning Schools.







Bookings are now open for Primary and Secondary Schools looking at delivering curriculum based residentials in 2014

Venues and option include locally based camping experiences at Cherry Garth Campsite, Humberston to options for exploring our beautiful national parks including the Lake District, and Nort Yorkshire Moors

Activities can include on-site programmes for orienteering, den building and low ropes courses.

Off site options to include Mountain Days, Weaseling, Canoeing & Kayaking adventures.

“Life is a journey….Where do you want to go today?”

 Looking for something further afield? Options for international expeditions through OLSs connctions with a range of expedition providers.

Forthcoming expeditions:

Go Adventure: Portugal – a 5 day teacher expedition to Portugal in February to experience, stand up paddle boarding, climbing, canoeing and coasteering

Looking for an expedition with a difference? Bookings now open for Fuchs Foundation expedition to Iceland August 2014 – Watch this space for more info…

GO ADVENTURE: MOROCCO – A Toubkal Adventure for teachers and secondary pupilsOctober 2014

Launch event coming soon

Interested in booking a residential? contact Caroline at for more information





Adventure Learning School Conference

Embedding adventure learning in your school

A fascinating day of workshops and keynotes to explore the philosophy and approaches of Adventure Learning Schools™ at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, on the 11th October 2013.

An excellent opportunity to follow through from Caroline Carr’s recent visit to the Westminster Education Forum and to discuss how outdoor learning can support the implementation of the new National Curriculum.

Conference Programme:

A keynote address from Professor David Hopkins, Founder of Adventure Learning Schools.

“Leadership of an Adventure Learning School and the response to the current OSTED focus”

Workshop topics include:

  • Questioning skills
  • Adventure Learning in Specialist Schools
  • Primary Adventure Maths
  • Secondary Adventure Maths
  • Assessing the effectiveness of Adventure Learning
  • Developing a Year 7 adventure learning curriculum
  • Adapting an enquiry-based curriculum to the new Primary Framework