CPD twilight: language and literacy

February 6, 2014



Do your school grounds do their bit to improve outcomes for children?  A generous grant from the Ernest Cook Trust allowed us to research, develop and pilot this short course, one of three to examine the potential of school grounds to enrich specific curriculum areas.


“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”  -
John Ruskin


Poets, writers and artists have long been inspired by the natural (and man-made) world around them.  Outdoors, children really begin to understand how to celebrate their environment and in turn, this might inspire a lifelong love of language and literacy.


This twilight course is designed for a teacher and TA to attend together in order to understand how to make the most of the spaces and resources they already have available.  Through discussion, case studies and outdoor experimentation, we consider ways of providing rich and diverse outdoor literacy encounters.  


This course (and its siblings, The Outdoor Science Encounter, and Creative and Expressive Arts Encounter) work best when a group of schools band together to bring us in to deliver to all of you.  This approach is very cost effective, but more importantly, one school hosts the session but participants from all the schools get to hear about the potential of one another's grounds.