Peak District National Park: Langsett Junior Rangers Programme

Free Taster Session – Saturday 16th March 2019 –  Langsett Barn

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PDF copy of the poster above available here

Contact: nick.baker@peakdistrict.gov.uk

More information here and here

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World Register of Field Centres Database from RGS with IBG

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The World Register of Field Centres database identifies sites for environmental research, anywhere in the world. It provides information on established field centres, in environments from the high Arctic to the Sahara desert, from tropical forests to the great grasslands of the world, to enable users to find the right centres and contact the right individuals.
The register is maintained by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and was developed with funds from Professor Keith Miller of Sheffield University in recognition of the importance of long-term field observations.

Its is also possible to view the location of field centres on Google Maps.

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Antarctica, Weddell Sea Expedition 2019, Free Teaching Resources from the RGS

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Free teaching resources are available from the Royal Geographical Society. Follow the expedition as it takes place this January and February. You can follow the expedition on the Weddell Sea Expedition Facebook pages, on their Twitter account and on the Expedition Web Site.

Bringing together world-leading experts in polar and marine exploration in a mission to solve unanswered questions about one of the most remote and least-studied wilderness areas on our planet.

The expedition will:

  • Investigate the ice shelves around the Weddell Sea and, in particular, the Larsen C
  • Ice Shelf from which a giant iceberg broke off in July 2017.
  • Document the rich and little-studied marine life of the western Weddell Sea ecosystem.
  • Attempt to locate and survey the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, which was trapped and crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.

The Society is working with the expedition to provide educational resources to inspire young people about science, engineering and technology, as well as the protection of Antarctica, and will ensure that its research and findings are shared as widely as possible to students and schools around the world.

For free teaching resources about the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 and about Antarctica for primary and secondary schools visit the Royal Geographical Society Weddell Sea Expedition pages.

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Sustainable School Trips – Goldthorpe Primary School

Goldthorpe Primary School is an Eco-School in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. They have a very positive approach to learning outside the classroom which is based on maximising time outdoors and using local environments as much as possible.

This article from outdoor education teacher Christopher Wharton-Lovett provides a great insight into their work.

To see a larger version of the article for reading click here.

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Published in the School Travel Organiser Magazine Nov/Dec 2018 edition.

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YHA – Discover the Adventure Effect

Travel and adventure are crucial to young people’s growth, but so many are missing out on experiences that can transform their lives.

Welcome to our experiment. Over three days, we took adventure away from Alastair Humphreys, a professional adventurer who thrives in the outdoors. Meanwhile, we gave five children a unique adventure away from home to see how much they gained. Watch what happened.

More information about YHA at http://www.yha.org.uk

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Learning Through Landscapes

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Learning through Landscapes is the UK charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children.

Learning through Landscapes surveys of schools who have improved their grounds demonstrate the benefits:

  • 85% of teachers said it resulted in more creative learning and environmental awareness.
  • 85% said that healthy active play had increased.
  • 65% observed improved attitudes to learning.
  • 73% said behaviour had improved
  • 64% reported reduced bullying
  • 84% reported improved social interaction

More information, the opportunity to join Learning through Landscapes free of charge, access to free of charge educational resources and information about valuable CPD opportunities here.

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Useful Tips if your Footpath Crosses a Field of Cows

Some helpful tips from Headys Farm on Twitter on how to cross a field of cows if this is where your footpath takes you when out walking.

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HSE Urge Review of School Grounds Traffic Safety

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Following its investigation into the death of a Bridgend school pupil, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged schools to review traffic arrangements within their grounds, and where possible design layouts so pupils are separated from moving traffic. For more information see this link.

 

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New Skiway Code Video from Snowsport England

Planning a ski trip this winter? Have a look at the Skiway code to know the correct procedures to follow when you’re on the slopes. Produced by Snowsport England in association with Halsbury Ski.

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Free Outdoor Learning Resources for Primary Schools

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Free outdoor learning resources from the Times Educational Supplement.

Embrace the learning potential of the outdoor environment with this hand-picked selection of resources

As unpredictable as the British weather is, you can guarantee that as soon as the sun does come out your pupils will be longingly staring out the window and asking, “Miss, can we work outside?” And, who are we kidding; it’s probably where you want to be too!

That’s why we’ve gathered together an engaging collection of ideas for both core and cross-curricular lessons, designed to get students out in the fresh air. From investigation to imagination, outdoor learning will feel like a treat for your class this summer.

Core subject resources

The great outdoors, also known as your school playground, has the potential to bring maths lessons to life. This tree challenge activity, based on calculating the age of a tree, allows students to demonstrate their understanding of measurement in an interesting way. Similarly, captivate budding detectives with this easy-to-use maths trail, testing their knowledge of a variety of topics as they solve a puzzle.

Explore the world of flowers, fruits and seeds with this scientific resource pack, containing an array of activities to help learners understand the lifecycle of plants and seed dispersal. Alternatively, let nature inspire your pupils’ writing outside of the classroom with the suggestions in this booklet.

More information and access to additional resources from TES here.

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