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Millport Geography Weekend

IMG_6200There are still 10 places up for grabs at the Millport Geography Fieldwork weekend.

DATE: Friday 4th September (evening) to Sunday 6th September

Complete the Survey Monkey form to book a place. Attendance will be confirmed by email: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFZC5ZY

Funded by Education Scotland, this FREE residential course is held at the Field Studies Council site on Millport. http://field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx 

View a full programme of the weekend here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxVoIjf7S3-XblVuOFN3SnNmYVk/view?usp=sharing

This is an excellent oportunity for secondary geography teachers who wish to develop their skills and confidence keadng fieldwork activities.

IMG_6194Field Studies Council Scotland delivers 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 secondary school students. Attendees will consider how to structure ‘traditional’ observational fieldwork, geographical investigations and sensory fieldwork aiming to engage students more effectively with the places they are studying and interacting with. The course will also explore how to incorporate the effectiev use of formative assessment and technology into fieldwork.

year-of-fieldwork-logo-gradient_187x398September 2015 to August 2016 is the Year of Fieldwork. http://www.field-studies-council.org/outdoorclassroom/yearoffieldwork.aspx

The principal purposes of the Year of Fieldwork is to:

  • Highlight examples of good practice and the support that we, and others, provide to support schools to enhance the fieldwork that they provide.
  • Encourage more schools to undertake geographical fieldwork at all phase of the curriculum, and examination classes.
  • Raise awareness of the value of fieldwork to geographical education and the benefits that it provides to young people.
  • Promote the benefits of fieldwork as a valuable and transferable skill across a range of subject areas.

Primary Social Studies Skills: Loch Lomond 20th June

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Registration is now live for a place on the Social Studies skills day at Luss and Loch Lomond Shores

To register, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/LomondJune2015

Education Scotland has teamed up with Loch Lomond National Park to offer a second day of professional learning for Primary practitioners, to help improve confidence using Social Studies Skills in the outdoors.   

The day is for primary teachers only and there are 14 free places. A packed lunch will also be provided free of charge, but participants will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Loch Lomond National Park.

You will receive an email to confirm your places once all places have been filled.

The day on the 20th of June will involve visits to ‎Luss and Lomond Shores to look at how the area can be used to explore local history and geography.

Social_studiesTo find out about more upcoming Social Studies skills weekends look here: http://bit.ly/1Eybdin

Sign up for the Social Studies e-bulletinhttp://bit.ly/e-Bulletin

Join the Social Studies Network on Glowhttp://bit.ly/socialstudiesnetwork

 

Loch Lomond National Parkhttp://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

REGISTER: Millport Primary Fieldwork Skills

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

REGISTER HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GJVHBH8

*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: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxVoIjf7S3-Xdi1aZzVNeG1CUHc/view?usp=sharing

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

Location: Field Studies Council, Millport http://field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx

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: http://bit.ly/PrimaryMillport2014

Loch Lomond: Social Studies Skills Day

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Registration is now live for a place on the Social Studies skills day on Inchcailloch Island.

To register, please sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/99VJQGQ

Education Scotland has teamed up with Loch Lomond National Park to offer two days for Primary practitioners, to help improve confidence using Social Studies Skills in the outdoors.

The first of these days will take place on the 16th of May. The day will start with a visit to the LLNO centre at Balmaha, then a trip to the island of Inchcailloch. On the island there will be opportunity to take two walks with the Park rangers to find out about what the park can offer for learners but also to improve skills for working with learners in the outdoors.    

The day is for primary teachers only and there are 14 free places. A packed lunch will also be provided free of charge, but participants will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Loch Lomond National Park.

The second day on the 20th of June will be booked separately and will involve visits to ‎Luss and Lomond Shores to look at some History and Geography in the area.

Social_studiesTo find out about more upcoming Social Studies skills weekends look here: http://bit.ly/1Eybdin

Sign up for the Social Studies e-bulletin: http://bit.ly/e-Bulletin

Join the Social Studies Network on Glow: http://bit.ly/socialstudiesnetwork

 

Loch Lomond National Park: http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

 

SAVE THE DATE – Social Studies Weekends

Mountainkids540_tcm4-615496The Social Studies team at Education Scotland have organised a series of FREE CLPL weekends and Saturdays to help develop fieldwork and outdoor learning skills in Social Studies.

This follows two very successful Social Studies skills weekends at the Field Studies Council in 2014. You can read more about the primary weekend here: http://bit.ly/PrimaryMillport2014

Please save the following dates to your diary if you are interested in attending.

Information about registration will follow separately for each event.

 

For up-to-date information sign up to the Social Studies e-bulletin: http://bit.ly/e-Bulletin

And join the Social Studies Network on Glow: http://bit.ly/socialstudiesnetwork

(click on the Community Members box and add yourself to the community)

 

addtocalendarSaturday 16th May: 09:30 – 15:30

Loch Lomond National Park (Inchcailloch Island)

http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

Social Studies skills

*Primary teachers only*

 

addtocalendarFriday 29th May – Sunday 31st May

Field Studies Council, Millport

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx

Fieldwork skills for primary teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

 

addtocalendarSaturday 20th June: 09:30 – 15:30

Loch Lomond National Park

http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

Social Studies skills

*Primary teachers only*

 

addtocalendarFriday 4th September – Sunday 6th September

Field Studies Council, Millport

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx

Fieldwork skills for secondary geography teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

 

addtocalendarFriday 6th November – Sunday 8th November

Field Studies Council, Kindrogan

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/kindrogan.aspx

Fieldwork skills for secondary geography teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

 

addtocalendarFriday 13th November – Sunday 22nd November

Field Studies Council, Kindrogan

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/kindrogan.aspx

Fieldwork skills for primary teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

Millport: Primary Fieldwork Weekend

38 primary teachers from 8 different local authorities landed on the Isle of Cumbrae between the 14-16th November for a fun packed weekend of Outdoor Learning. The Social Studies fieldwork skills CLPL was held at the Field Studies Council centre in Millport. The course was fully funded by Education Scotland and organised in conjunction with Scottish FSC manager, Daniel Moncrieff, and his team.

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

On Saturday, the course focused on Biodiversity and school grounds activities. Engaging activities to illustrate geographical processes included Kung Fu, Geosquishing and Sensory Mapping.

A trip to the Rocky Shore included a competitive scavenge for seal life, making Rocky Shore Real Estate adverts, using string quadrats to compare different areas of plants, and using found objects to create environmental beach art.

The afternoon consisted of fun interactive games helping to explain food chains and food webs, digging for  and collecting worm data (using one of the free Citizen Science Opal packs), a trip to the aquarium to study plankton under the microscope and an energetic game of Star Orienteering.

On Sunday the focus was on Energy and the Viking history of the island. The Viking activities included landscape poetry, sound maps, family dramas and a superb  Viking Changing Rooms activity where groups had to piece together the interior of a Viking home.

The Energy activity introduced annotated sketches and photos. The groups explored the advantages and drawbacks of different energy production methods present on the Clyde (including wind, coal and nuclear) and considered possible and probable futures over the next 100 years based on these activities. IPads were used to GPS log and annotate photos and to film imaginative stories explaining the litter objects found on the beach from the perspective of someone from 2600!

The feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive:

“I was not confident in my ability to come up with and deliver creative lessons which targeted the relevant CfE outcomes for Social Studies. With all the great ideas for games and activites I can transfer these skills to pretty much any outcome (with some tweaking of course).”

“The best bit was the practical nature of the whole weekend. It gave the opportunity to feel like the pupil and how they would benefit from all the different types of learning we experienced.”

“Daniel was absolutely fantastic at delivering every experience. His humour and intelligence go hand in hand.”

“The resources needed were easily accessible, cheap and did not require specialist knowledge.”

“I loved the rocky shore activity because it is something I could easily adapt at the allotment – searching through leaf piles and logs, etc.”

“I loved how they brought the history of the Vikings to life, incorporating Social Studies, literacy and Drama. I plan to adapt this activity next term during the Victorians IDL topic.”

“I enjoyed the course enormously. The course instructors were enthusiastic, passionate and very helpful. I look forward to taking outdoor learning to a higher level and delivering meaningful and engaging learning experiences to children.”

“Excellent opportunity for teachers to not only gain experience and knowledge of outdoor learning but it also provided an opportunity for teachers to get together and share experiences informally without paper work and expectations.”

The Education Scotland Social Studies team plan to run more opportunities in the future for primary and secondary teachers to improve their fieldwork skills.

Sign up now to the Social Studies E-Bulletin so you don’t miss out: http://bit.do/e-bulletin

Log on to the Social Studies Network on Glow to share your thoughts on Outdoor Learning: http://bit.do/socialstudiespl

Contact Daniel and his staff at Millport FSC for more information about class visits and OPAL Survey packs: enquiries.sco@field-studies-council.org