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DYW and Outdoor Learning

At Castlemilk Day Nursery DYW features as an integral part of the learning and teaching alongside literacy, numeracy and health & wellbeing. The Nursery employs a variety of approaches to allow their children to link the skills they are developing to the world of work, challenging gender stereotyping alongside.

Through outdoor learning children at Nursery have opportunity to explore and develop a wide variety of transferable skills across all curriculum areas. Using for example prompt cards and key questions children become aware of key professions and the skills required for these . This is reinforced through our joint up ventures with business and other local nurseries, primary and secondary schools. The Nursery is looking to promote skills for work, life and learning through role-playing , currently they have a focus on the veterinary sector. Children undertake a variety of roles and this helps them to understand the range of different skills that are necessary in the world of work.

Central to embedding DYW across all aspects of learning was the engagement of staff in professional dialogue and partnership working with employers. The Head Teacher and the staff have been working on resources that ensure that the Career Education Standards 3-18 is embedded within the curriculum.

Job Profile

A key priority of the nursery was to support children’s knowledge and understanding of the skills they were learning and relating these to the world of work The skills that the children explored are:

Responsibility/thinking

Teamwork/leadership

Creativity/self confidence

Physical wellbeing

Resilience

These where broken down into achievable “I can” statements for children and linked to the Career Education Standards 3-18. Staff had previously taken part in outdoor training within the local community woods and shared photographs of the learning with the children. The children were encouraged to share the skills that they could identify which included “helping”, “showing” and “talking” and relate these to their daily nursery routine and the wider world of work.. This was a shared learning approach which had positive implications for both staff and children’s learning. The nursery has taken the first steps to building on employee partnerships, developing the young workforce through joined up ventures and sustaining lifelong learning for all. The children really enjoy outdoors and the benefits which it brings. Having a woodland area within our nursery outdoor area we have been able to support and enhance the learning opportunities to support developing the young force through the children’s newly acquired transferable skills.

Staff and children have the opportunity to look at various experiences and outcomes through interdisciplinary learning. Skills for learning, life and work is an integral part of the planning and this ensures these are embedded within the curriculum experiences. Castlemilk has now made contact with wider industries such as house builders, catering agencies, generation programmes and engineering companies who are willing to support in sharing skills with our children

Castlemilk Day Nursery will continue to develop the young workforce approach within their daily practice and within their planning. They will work on joined up ventures with local nurseries, primaries, secondary schools and other education providers sharing skills and knowledge. This will support their children in developing their skills and open up many opportunities to embed DYW within the learning and teaching of the nursery.

Transferable skills and DYW

Karen Henderson, Head Teacher says: “The initial idea came from linking staff CPD training with our community “Wellie Wanders” group which our children take part in weekly. Staff were also able to link their experiences to the “Outdoor learning” documentation and “My world outdoors” resources which are embedded within Castlemilk Day Nursery”

“I liked climbing on the trees with Ella. I climbed really high. Then climbed down again” Josh, age 4yrs

“I learned to build a den with sticks, leaves and tarpaulin. I like playing in the mud. I like everything outside” Tommy, age 4yrs

Yokerburn Early Years

Extended day centre within Yoker area of North West Glasgow. Nursery caters for children from 0–5 years from a multitude of cultural, social, economic and learning backgrounds.

The establishment has been raising awareness of job roles within local community by working with a range of different partners . This inspires the children and provides an early introduction into the world of work.  The children have been working with a local care home to build up confidence and familiarity of the world of work. The children have experienced several different roles within the care home including: nursing, cooking, hair and beauty and table set-up . This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to gain a real insight into the world of work.

The project has grown and the children have had several engagements with the organisation:

Sustainability
They have been working with the care home to grow products. This project is in conjunction with another partner Dumbarton Environmental Trust. The project is helping the children to improve their understanding of science but also introducing a wide range of different career options.

Remembrance Day
They joined the care home residents on Remembrance Day and the children made their own poppies to commemorate the occasion. This was another opportunity for the residents to discuss their own lives with our children.

We have other experiences available to our children:

Parental Employability Sessions
We have encouraged our parents to become involved in our employability events and we have had several successful parental QA sessions. This allows the children to experience these skills from some familiar faces.

Fruit Stall
This project has allowed our children to learn employability skills in a real-life context. The children are involved in all aspects of the enterprise activity and have had hands on experience in the following:

Health and hygiene
Money handling
Stock control

They also produce a survey on what products are selling the best and plan their purchases accordingly.

Community Police Visit
The children had a visit from the community police, this was another opportunity to showcase a positive role model . They had a QA session and had the opportunity to ask a wide range of diverse questions.

“The effective incorporation of simple counting, matching and comparison tasks into the conversation encouraged early numeracy skills and the reciprocal question and answers and new vocabulary in context developed early literacy skills for our children in a real and meaningful way. Our childen have been extremely engaged during visits to Quayside with older residents and we have recognised that often adults can underestimate children’s abilities in terms of empathy and awareness. We have had statements from Quayside about increased motivation, interest and engagement by some residents and there really is an observable connection between the regular visitors. Promoting the world of work is allowing our children to access early knowledge of the wide range of different career pathways. We are building on our local partners and will continue to actively promote the positive impact of early introduction to the world of work” Mary Gallacher, Head Teacher

Next Steps
We will continue to work with local partners and strengthen links with the local community.

“We have noticed a surge of energy and increase in physical activity for some of our residents when they know the children will be visiting” Anne from Quayside

LANTRA 2017 – Career Workshops and Skills Events

The latest event in a series of  workshops and events on career pathways and skills development in the land-base, aquaculture and environmental industries, will take place on Thursday, 14 December, Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld (10am – 3pm). (contact: 01738 310164 or Scotland@lantra.co.uk)

Two recent LANYRA career workshops run for SDS career staff, teachers, DYW regional groups etc. were held in Perth & Lanark. Here are the links to the presentations from industry speakers :

LANTRA’s website offers plenty of information on  exciting and rewarding jobs in this industry sector, especially for Modern Apprentices. Find out more by signing up for our quarterly newsletter or contacting us LANTRA directly.

And:  The new rural skills video has just been published and can be viewed on  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omCE4wlikqo

Save the Children Resilience Project

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Save the Children are looking for two schools to take part in a resilience project that aims to strengthen children’s understanding of emergencies and the actions they can take to prepare themselves, their families and their communities.  Click here for more information on the project .  It is aimed at children aged 9 – 11 and participating schools will be given a £1000 budget.

You can also contact Graham Clark, Programmes Manager g.clark@savethechildren.org.uk for more information.

 

Community Resilience and CfE flyer

CaptureOur climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by extreme weather events and flooding which can block roads, destroy homes and lead to loss of power for thousands of people.

Ensure the children and young people in your class know  what to do if there is severe weather, utility failure, flooding or pandemics by reading this hot off the press Community Resilience and Curriculum for Excellence flyer!

Community resilience is about communities and individuals using their collective resources and skills to help themselves prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Discover ways to link learning to Scotland’s change in climate and how to embed community resilience within learning across different curriculum areas.

If you are already doing work in this area or are interested in finding out more, contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Scottish local authorities, schools and partner organisations can request multiple hard copies of this guide for distribution to school clusters and networks.  Remember to include a postal address and state how many copies you wish to receive.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Community resilience networking event May 2016

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Friday 13th, unlucky for some but not for us last month, when resilience professionals and education colleagues met to discuss how they could work together, to ensure our children and young people would be best prepared for the challenges they may face in the 21st Century as a result of a change in Scotland’s climate.  To find out what was discussed, click here Conference Report May 2016.  To have your say in future work we do, come along to our next networking event, to be held in Glasgow on Monday 31st October.  Email Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk for more information or if you would like to showcase work your school, class or organisation are doing in this area.  We look forward to hearing from you!

‘Design-Engineer- Construct’: The Engineering Challenge for Schools now SCQF credit rated

DEC ChallengeDesign Engineer Construct!®  has now been formally recognised in Scotland thanks to the key support of the Chartered Institute of Building, and is already piloting in Drummond High School in Edinburgh, Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie, and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock where student take up and attitude has been impressive.

Comprising an introductory and intermediate programme of study, DEC! has been credit rated onto the SCQF by SQA’s Credit Rating Service at SCQF Levels 4 and 6, both carrying 16 credits. SCQF levels 4 and 6 correspond to level 2 and 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

DEC! offers young people numerous opportunities to access a wide variety of career pathways, thanks especially to the innovative ‘Adopt a School’ industry partnership scheme that brings professionals into the classroom to support teachers in educating the future of construction and changing the lives of young people. A wrap around teacher training programme is the icing on the cake.

Find out more here.

Enterprise in Early Learning and Childcare

ELCOne of the ambitions of Scotland CAN DO is “to achieve an education system with entrepreneurship and innovation at its core.” This ambition does not begin with secondary, or even primary schools – early learners can get involved too!

Scotland’s Enterprising Schools is a new resource available for educational practitioners to inspire enterprising and entrepreneurial learning across the curriculum.  The resource was developed in partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government and was launched at the Scottish Learning Festival in September last year.  Key features include:

  • Practitioners have the opportunity to join the professional learning network where they can take part in discussions about enterprise education and collaborate with colleagues to share ideas and resources.
  • A professional reflection tool helps practitioners gauge where their establishment is on its enterprise journey and will support the self-evaluation process.
  • The resources and ideas highlighted will be very useful when curriculum planning and will help schools/early learning and childcare settings embed Building the Curriculum 4 and Developing the Young Workforce agendas as part of their improvement plans.

Any number of practitioners can join the professional learning community and members of the network will receive an “Enterprising Schools Proud Member” badge for use on your website.

Scotland’s Enterprising Schools was developed to encourage educational practitioners, from early years through and beyond senior phase, to develop a holistic approach to enterprise and entrepreneurial thinking. This is achieved by providing a platform to recognise settings for their work in this area.

Our first Early Years case study came from Ardnahoe Nursery School in Toryglen, Glasgow. The full case study is available on our website and highlights how the project came about, how it developed and all the skills the children learned along the way – click here!

This is just one example of enterprise in early learning and childcare and we are keen to hear from more settings about the great work taking place across Scotland. Are your children involved in exciting, enterprising activities? Then please contact Heather Hughes – (Head of Programme) who will be happy to discuss how you can get involved.

Need help getting started? Our Partner page is full of organisations willing to help you on your way to developing a CAN DO spirit, making learning more enterprising and entrepreneurial.

To keep in touch with Scotland’s Enterprising Schools, you can join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Global Goals and the World’s Largest Lesson

gg-logo-tileThe United Nations recently agreed a set of goals that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030.  A 17-point plan to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. They are the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place. Resources available include: a guide, an animated introductory film and a set of lesson plans.