Annual Conference and AGM – Considering the Curriculum in the Woods

Friday, 27 Jun 2014 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Glyndwr University, Northop, Flintshire, CH7 6AA
Mold, Flintshire CH7 6AA
Members £25, Non-Members £40 includes lunch and refreshments
Barbara Haddrill
0845 456 0342

This year we are holding our National Forest School gathering at the home of Plas Derw Trust at Glyndwr University campus, Northop, Flintshire.  The theme will be Considering the Curriculum in the Woods.  We all know that at the heart of the Forest School ethos is that the practice is child-led, but we also know that we want to find ways to bring Forest School into the Curriculum – if only to convince teachers and headteachers to let us take kids to the woods!  So to find out more about how to bring Forest School into the classroom, or more rightly how to bring the classroom to the Forest, then this event is a must.  We will be holding a series of workshops to include ‘Literacy and Numeracy in the Woodland’, ‘Tree ID and Woodland Management ‘, ‘Storytelling in the Forest’ and ‘Use your Head! – Thinking  games in the Forest’. We will also have some presentations, with case studies of successful school based Forest Schools and a presentation from the Forest School Association about finding a joint way forwards for Forest School in the UK.

A detailled programme will be available on the day when you will be able to select your workshops.  Here is a summary of the confirmed workshops so far.

A Forest School Association presentation from Gareth Davies will give all of us an opportunity to fnd out more about the Forest School Association and their work and plans for Forest School in the UK. We are very pleased they are joining us this year so we can build relations and discuss joint ways forward for Forest School in both Wales and the UK.
John Purchase, the Flintshire Forestry Officer will be leading a Woodland Management and Identification workshop. You will walk through the woods onsite where you will be engaged in a discussion of its management and conservation through the eyes of a Forester as well as an educational practitioner.
Sarah Jones from Natural Resources Wales will be leading a workshop on Literacy and Numeracy. You will experience a range of practical ideas to enhance teaching and learning, discuss links to literacy and numeracy framework and share ideas with other Forest School professionals.
Carolyn Burkey from Plas Derw Trust will be leading a workshop entitled ‘Using your head – thinking games in the forest.’ Using the natural environment and materials you will be creating problem solving and educational games and activities that will enhance teamwork relationships and emotional development.
Iwan Edwards from The Wildlife Trusts Wales will be leading a workshop on the new bilingual Opal resources available to everyone. The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows people to get hands-on with nature, whatever their age, background or level of ability. Opal develop activities and resources, including national surveys, which currently include water, soil, air, tree, mini beasts and climate all of which allow people to get closer to their local environment while collecting important scientific data. They also arrange and take part in nature events and workshops around the country and you will get the opportunity to use some of the resources they have available.

There will be further workshops in Storytelling and also a Market Place for information from various organisations and space for you to display details of your projects and case studies. As always we will have plenty of time for that all important networking and sharing of experiences, over a cup of tea, with FS practitioners, trainers and trainees.

Refreshments and a lovely lunch from the on-site caterers is included in the price.

The event will be held indoors and around the woodlands and grounds of the university campus.  There is ample parking and the college is easily accessible from major road routes in Wales and England, as well as good public transport connections.  A shuttle bus will be running from the near by train station ‘Flint’ on the day.

For on site accommodation please contact Kate Jones at the college directly on 01978 293963

Download a Booking-form or contact Barbara for more details