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
Please 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Outdoor Learning Challenge for S6 teams from all Secondary Schools will be held at Vogrie Country park on the 29th March 2017
As always an exiting that is a mixture of team and journeying skills around the estate. Teams of 6 from all Secondary Schools can compete to win this years trophy in this amazing Outdoor Learning experience.
The challenge enables teams to work effectively to achieve success on the varied challenges set up around the Vogrie Estate through exploration and discovery.
As well as the wider capacities of the CfE in encouraging effective contributions from all team members to guarantee success.This event contributes too many curriculum subject areas including Health and Wellbeing outcomes e.g;
Movement skills, competencies and concepts (HWB 21-22a), Cooperation and competition(HWB 23a) and evaluating and appreciating (HWB 24a) These events are physical and mental challenges which naturally encourage physical competencies and fitness but are also designed to develop;
Cognitive skills e.g. decision making, problem solving and creativity , concentration and develop Personal Qualities, i.e. motivation, leadership, communication, trust respect, tolerance and resilience.
Details for booking your team are above and have been sent out to S6 coordinators , however you can also contact the team to declare interest now! don’t miss out on this exicting event.