REGISTER: Millport Primary Fieldwork Skills

IMG_6201REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE for the Millport Primary Fieldwork Skills Weekend.


*PLEASE N OTE* (There are  25 places, and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. However, we will restrict places to 2 per school and prioritise schools who have not yet been on the course.)

Download the full programme for the weekend here:

DATE: Friday 29th May (evening) – Sunday 31st May

Location: Field Studies Council, Millport

Millport primary weekend1Overview of the course

This FREE CLPL opportunity (attendees must find make their own travel arrangements) is organised in partnership with the Field Studies Council and Education Scotland’s Social Studies team.

FSC Scotland delivers Primary, Environmental, Biology, Adventurous Activity and Geography courses for over 5000 students a year. This course builds on this expertise and aims to introduce participants to a range of different fieldwork activities which can be used with primary school students. The course is aimed at primary teachers and educators who want to further develop their skills to support and lead outdoor learning.

The weekend will cover risk assessments, planning fieldwork and organising Outdoor learning activities safely. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

During the course we will trial and evaluate a range of different activities which can be used to support and help structure a range of outdoor learning sessions. In particular we will consider how to structure ‘traditional’ observational fieldwork, investigations and sensory fieldwork aiming to more effectively engage students with the places they are studying and interacting with. We will also consider how effective formative assessment and technology can be incorporated into fieldwork.

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Trialled different fieldwork activities, in a variety of environments, which can be used to explore Curriculum for Excellence, interdisciplinary learning and Learning for Sustainability through outdoor learning.
  • Considered different tasks to develop students’ thinking skills, help assess learning in the field and ideas which can be used in school grounds (including OPAL activities).
  • Carried out a risk assessment for an outdoor education activity, know the steps needed to carry out a risk assessment and have considered key ingredients of safe fieldwork practice.

Start and finish times

Resident visitors are requested to arrive on the first day of the course at the office reception before 5.30pm. Supper will be between 6pm and 7pm. An introductory talk will follow. Breakfast will be between 7.45-8.45am. The course will end on 2pm on the last day.

The standard of accomodation will be in basic dormitories but each participant will have a single room.

OPAL-logoMillport event 2014

The previous primary weekend was very successful. You can read all about it here:

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