A Broad and Balanced Curriculum

The Outdoor Classroom, 27th September 2019, Herd Farm, 9:00 - 16:00


SOuL in association with Herd Farm and Active Schools+, welcome you to this inspirational one day event dedicated to equipping teachers in taking all aspects of teaching and learning outside the classroom.

The day will be packed with practical, hands on workshops designed by leading specialists to give you the confidence, ideas and activities to bring learning to life across all areas of the curriculum. The emphasis will be on expanding the size of your classroom by using your outdoor spaces and making the curriculum practical, experiential and full of 'real experiences' to engage all the senses of your learners.

The evidence shows that not only do children engage with learning in a more meaningful way but five major studies have demonstrated the positive impact on attainment, social skills, concentration levels, health and wellbeing plus many more benefits.

Using this approach we hope to provide a context where every child's strengths and talents can be recognised.


IMG_7128.jpgCurriculum Linked Learning Outside the Classroom

Learning in the natural environment innovates and enriches our pedagogy whilst helping us to connect more deeply with children. In this workshop SOuL will help you develop the confidence and skills so you can routinely harness the opportunities that teaching beyond the classroom provides for enriching the curriculum.

You will come away with pragmatic tips, tools and ideas so you can feel confident to take more of your teaching outside immediately, be it for curriculum or character based learning. You will:

  •  Explore teaching subjects outside & link to the curriculum
  •  Try out practical curriculum linked ideas & resources
  •  Discover the links between LOC & outstanding outcomes in learning and achievement
  •  Gain ideas to maximise your school grounds for teaching at little or no cost
  •  Explore character development in an outdoor setting
  •  Find out how to fit it in to a jam packed curriculum
  •  Develop an action plan to influence school ethos & ensure LOC success at your school



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SOuL will provide an inspiring look at how you can utilise 'The Lost Words' the award winning cultural phenomenon to inspire creative skills in your pupils. If you haven't yet come across this Sunday Times best selling children's poetry book then look here:


You will experience first hand the value of observation and connection with the natural world to awaken the creative potential of children and foster a deep love of the nature in your pupils.



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Forest School Plus (www.forestschoolplus.co.uk), will be leading a session in the Iron Age Roundhouse enclosure at Herd Farm on how a “living history” experience can enhance a knowledge-rich curriculum, develop vocabulary in context and engage all pupils as well as being fun.

Forest School Plus is lead by experienced FS – KS2 teacher Tina Roberts who has been an educational visits co-ordinator, geography co-ordinator and sustainable schools co-ordinator, and is now a Forest School Leader, outdoor educator and artist. In collaboration with Ian, an archaeologist (www.ianrobertsarchaeology.co.uk),  Forest School Plus have created outdoor learning experiences that are factual, relevant to the curriculum and based on current research. They have developed an expertise in blending Forest School type activities with Archaeological insights that enhance learning of the NC 2014 History topic, Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age (https://www.forestschoolplus.co.uk/prehistoric-experiences-herdfarm/forest-school-and-archaeology-the-philosophy/).

Bring your growth mindset, be prepared to be challenged and take a fresh look at the possibilities outside your classroom.



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Herd Farm's experienced outdoor education team will work with staff to develop the skills necessary to deliver outstanding and engaging experiential activities with pupils. The range of practical team challenges will utilise the natural environment to both stimulate and challenge pupils.

These activities provide an opportunity to develop character in your pupils yet will also enable you to generate engagement, rapport and awaken enthusiasm for learning outdoors.



Expect this event to be fully participative, experiential and entirely outdoors under our purpose built canvas classroom. There will be numerous opportunities to share best practice with other passionate colleagues from state and independent settings in your region. 

 In addition you will receive the following free resources worth over £80:

  • A pack of tried and tested curriculum linked lesson plans
  • Our 'Tips and Tools Handbook' for exceptional outdoor learning
  • A checklist of essential low-cost/no-cost OL resources to get you started
  • A series of activities designed to 'awaken enthusiasm' in learners with curriculum links
  • Plus many more resources, lesson plans and ideas

This event is for Heads, Deputies, HoDs, Teachers EYFS/KS1/2 or 3 and other education practitioners in both independent and state sectors.


£178 + VAT