Shaping Outdoor Learning in Midlothian

Invitation – Developing a Midlothian Outdoor Learning Strategy – Working Group Meeting Friday 6th October 2017 1330-1500

The virtuous cycle of improvement – Education Scotland HGIOS4 2015

Outdoor learning is becoming an increasingly popular and powerful approach to learning across our schools in Midlothian. As an authority we recognise the importance of this approach and need to grow opportunities for our young people to have “regular and frequent” outdoor learning opportunities that are embedded within the curriculum areas.

Educational visits and Outdoor Learning experiences provide exiting opportunities for our young people to contribute to their learning, allow establishments to develop pupil attainment and deliver many of the elements of the current HGIOS4 framework and the Curriculum for Excellence.

Many of you are already active and providing excellence in this area & there are many great examples of highly successful uses of outdoor learning across the region. A sustainable & cohesive strategy is required however, across Midlothian to enable continued success and to enhance and link these experiences to attainment and learning.

With this and other aims in mind we wish to create a working group that can help shape, develop and enable an outdoor learning strategy for the region that could ultimately result in more of our learners benefiting from successful outdoor learning experiences.

We intend to hold a first meeting on the 6th October 2017 1330-1500 – (Venue TBCF based on expected attendance numbers)

We seek interested parties and “outdoor learning and visit champions” to attend & contribute to what we hope will be an exciting opportunity to develop opportunities for our learners and provide also a local working network for outdoor learning within Midlothian.

Email us at outdoorlearning@midlothian.gov.uk and confirm if you hope to attend. A more detailed agenda and suitable venue will be notified once numbers are confirmed in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you.

First Aid Training Courses – Places available Autumn 2017

We currently have late availability on several scheduled First Aid Training courses run by the Outdoor Learning Service as below;

Emergency First Aid at Work (8 Hours) 29th September 2017

Venue: Strathesk PS – Community learning rooms

Time: 0900-1600

Cost: £45.00 which includes SQA certification.

 

First Aid at Work (18 Hour) Training Course: 2nd- 4th October 2017

Venue: Strathesk PS – Community learning rooms

Time: 0900-1600 (3 days)

Cost: £130.00 which includes SQA certification.

 

First Aid at Work Requalification (12 hours) 16-17th November 2017

Venue: Strathesk PS – Community learning rooms

Time: 0900-1600 (2 days)

Cost: £90.00 which includes SQA certification.

If you would like to attend any of these courses please get in touch or complete the booking form and return to outdoorlearning@midlothian.gov.uk.  Course details, booking forms, unit learning outcomes and more information on the First Aid Training in the booklet and at our CLPL webpage 

Discover Primary Outdoor Learning 2017-18

discover-orienteering
Click here for Session Dates, Times & how to book.

Last academic year an amazing 1023 Midlothian pupils attended  Outdoor Learning Service Discover sessions, and many  progressed on to attend our successful Orienteering festival (500+) and Biking festival(250 +)

This year in addition to our bespoke Outdoor Learning programmes arranged directly with schools, we will be running again our successful and popular Discover Outdoor Leaning days aimed at Primary school classes to encourage more of our pupils to learn outdoors.

Our Discover Outdoor Learning Sessions this year are aimed at ;

The information booklet available here (Or click on the picture)  gives all the details you need to book for this year and attend as well as links to further information regarding curriculum links and further participation as well as;

  • Midlothian Orienteering Festival 2018
  • Midlothian Mountain Biking Festival 2018

discover-bikingPlease contact the named Outdoor Learning Teacher as per the booklet if you wish to arrange attendance at one of these popular advertised sessions.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2017-18 year for some exciting Discover Outdoor Learning Days.

Ski Aosta 2017 – “more than just a ski trip”

A fantastic Aosta ski visit this Easter with a range of school age learners and adults that gave our residential visit a community engagement and learning edge.

Our group skiing in Pila, Aosta – great weather with the Matterhorn in the distance- an amazing environment to develop & learn in.

A huge thank you to all the helpers and volunteers involved and of course couldn’t happen without the years of dedication to this visit by Bruce Fraser formerly of Lifelong Learning who has now retired.

The value of these educational visits should not be underestimated. Visible Learning was evident throughout , not just with the physical skills involved in skiing but I witnessed the amazing resilience, confidence, communication, support, positive behaviours and of course an overall sense of fun that our young Midlothian people exhibited.

This Relational Schools study outlines the benefits of ski trips – click on image for more on the research

All this going on while pupils are immersed in the amazing culture, language and history in the stunning mountain environment of the Aosta Valley. Real opportunities for “character development”.

Personal qualities are among the SAL’s (significant aspects of learning ) visible during alpine skiing – click on image for more curriculum links

It was great also to see during the visit some of our ex Midlothian skiers working in Italy, achieving positive destinations!  The Outdoor learning team are delighted we could enable this visit and excited about the future and looking forward to building our next ski visit, to build on the skills of our young people.

Again thanks to all our Midlothian pupils and learners who made this such a brilliant residential and a visible success. We can’t wait to work with you all again.

Watch this space for further details on our next Ski & Achieve residential visit.

 

Lasswade PAVE Group -Outdoor Learning Success

Sailing Canoes on the Whittader

We’ve been working hard with the PAVE, LLE team &  pupil groups on a variety of awards to support their NC vocational units including NC personal and Vocational Skills level 4. Its been a pleasure to support them to achieve their NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) foundation climber + and their SCA (Scottish Canoeing Association) Star awards as part of their development.

Success with NICAS Awards Level 1

As always great  to work with the staff at PAVE and support staff at Lasswade High School

We’ve witnessed some amazing visible learning moments throughout the course using the NICAS syllabus  climbing at Ratho EICA and the SCA 1 star syllabus paddling in a variety of locations and carrying out varying lengths of journeys (and much more paddling and climbing  beyond the award criteria too) as both physical skills and growth mind-set development are evident.

Developing movement and cognitive skills using poling techniques

 

Using MOLE’s to record and check outcomes and understanding

We’ve also used MOLE’s (Midlothian Outdoor Online Learning Environment) to record course outcomes and some wider learning back in the class.

 

We wish the group every success and continued successful attainment and pathways in the future.