2019 Outdoor Learning and Sustainability Conference

Improving Outcomes in Literacy and Language: EYFS to Year 6

8th March 2019 – Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre
Cost: £90 plus VAT

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Download the Booking Form and send to david.weatherly@hotmail.co.uk
Limited places – early booking advised

School children running through a field

We are delighted that this year the inspiration for our conference is the magnificent and celebrated ‘spell book’ The Lost Words written by Robert MacFarlane and beautifully illustrated by Jackie Morris.  Both Jackie and Eva John, the author of the Explorer’s Guide to the Lost Words, will be running workshops for teachers and practitioners on the day – an opportunity not to be missed.

During the past three months a Crowdfunder campaign has been running to raise sufficient funds to enable every school in Devon to receive its very own copy of The Lost Words.  The conference therefore provides a great opportunity for teachers and practitioners to fully explore the scope and potential of The Lost Words as a superb learning and teaching resource before their school receives its copy.  The Lost Words is based on words known to be vanishing from the language of children such as acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble and conker.  Robert Macfarlane’s beautifully crafted ‘spells’ and Jackie Morris’ sumptuous illustrations combine in this book to conjure up the natural world. Joyous, vital reconnection with nature is just one of many possible outcomes for those engaging with The Lost Words; improved literacy and wellbeing are others. Care for the natural world is surely engendered. The Lost Words Crowdfunder page can be accessed here: The Lost Words in Devon

This annual conference is organised by the Sustainable Outdoor Learning In Devon (SOLID) Working Group in collaboration with Natural Devon.  It provides educators in all schools and settings and at all stages of learning with an invaluable opportunity to:

  • Understand how outdoor learning across the curriculum can improve the engagement, achievement and well-being of children and young people as well as enabling them to feel more hopeful about the future;
  • Appreciate the motivational power of learning about and for the environment through sustainability;
  • Clarify how to embed outdoor learning and sustainability strategically across their school or setting and assess its impact on children and young people;
  • Leave with inspiration, resources and support to be a more effective educator in outdoor learning and sustainability

See our Outdoor Learning page and the SOLID page for more information and contact david.weatherly@hotmail.co.uk to get involved!