Ski Aosta 2019

After the success of our Ski Aosta 2017 visit , we are off again! – On Saturday 9th February 2019 (Midlothian schools 1/2 term)  we will once again be leaving for the AOSTA valley in Northern Italy for a week of amazing skiing.

The visit using INTERSKI  and qualified Midlothian leaders and volunteers includes 6 days of snowsports and includes 4 hours of instruction per day, equipment hire, transport, half board accommodation & snack lunch. Evening activities and insurance are also included

Aimed at our Primary and Secondary pupils this visit is an excellent opportunity for those pupils wishing to increase their skiing skills that they may have experienced through the after school, and schools ski programmes through active Schools and Midlothian Ski centre at Hillend

Download the brochure for our 2019 visit (click on image)

There are a number of limited spaces available. For more details on the visit and how to get involved you can download the ski visit brochure below that gives wider information on the visit and also download the poster/flyer if you wish to advertise within your school

Please contact Bill Stephen on 01968 664043  or email outdoorlearning@midlothian.gov.uk if you are interested in joining us.

Click on image for downloadable poster

 

We will be hosting an information evening for those already booked and others interested in joining this amazing opportunity on the 16th January 1900 at Penicuik High School LLE Room 1  – Come and join us and find out more.

You can also book NOW by completing the Booking form (available in the brochure above ) and at the link here.

NEW – First Aid Training 2018

You can new now view the First Aid training course dates for 2018 run by the Outdoor Learning Service at our website. Training dates have been spread across the year (including some INSET day scheduled  courses) to allow our schools and staff to access more easily throughout 2018

To view and book any of these courses see the links below – or access through the CLPL dropdown menu.

View/Book First Aid Training (click for link)

All courses are SQA accredited and cover the recently updated SQCF units for First aid

Emergency First Aid (6 hours) HV82 04 Level 6 – Emergency First Aid in the Workplace

First Aid at Work (18 hours) HV82 04 Level 6 &  HV83 04 Level 6 – Recognition and Management of Illness in the Workplace

First Aid at work Requalification (12 hours) HV82 04 Level 6 &  HV83 04 Level 6 – Recognition and Management of Illness in the Workplace

We look forward to working with you all in 2018. Please contact us if you have any enquiries regarding these courses outdoorlearning@midlothian.gov.uk

 

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.

Discover Primary Outdoor Learning 2017-18

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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.

Inspiring Midlothian Bike Festival 2017

13th June 2017 what a day!  250 pupils from 10 Midlothian Primary schools took part in the Midlothian Bike Festival 2017 at Beeslack High School.  Well done to all pupils at the event you really impressed with your skills.  Congratulation’s to Mauricewood Primary School who were the overall team winners. The results can be found here  –  Mid Bike Fest 2017 RESULTS   

Sean Fallon (Midlothian Council Outdoor Learning Teacher) the event organiser commented that “Midlothian have some seriously talented and resilient P6 and P7 cyclists” after watching some impressive action on the skills and cross country competition courses. 
The event was organised by the Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service and supported by a host of partners including Ikea, Tesco, Alpine Bikes, Endura and others.  We are confident that pupils and staff will enjoy cycling more as a result and encourage others to get out and pedal too. 
Jonathan Stranberg from Ikea, one of our sponsors “was impressed with the set up” and remarked that “all the pupils were having a great time”.  This is testament to all the hard work and effort of all the volunteers and staff from a wide range of organisations supporting the event.  We would like to say a HUGE thanks from the Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service to everyone who helped.
View and Share Photos HERE.
If you were inspired by this amazing event get in touch with Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service for support with cycling activities. Its never too early to sign up for next years event which takes place on the 13th June 2018.
Well done to all our Endeavour and Resilience nominees:
 Kelsie  Paradykes PS
 MacKenzie K   Paradykes PS
 Liam H  Sacred Heart PS)
 Rodrigo G  Kings Park PS
 Murrin M  Kings Park PS
 Isla S  Kings Park PS
 Alastair B  Roslin PS
 Brodie C  Mauricewood PS
 Adam W  Mauricewood PS
 Josh N  Mauricewood PS
Aiden M Mauricewood PS
Katie M Mauricewood PS
Kian W Mauricewood PS