Case Study- Natural Connections at Torpoint Community College

John Golding from Torpoint Community College explains his experience of being involved with the Natural Connections Demonstration Project, and how he has developed outdoor learning at the school.
At Torpoint Community College we got involved in the Natural Connections Demonstration Project three years ago. Through this project we set up an outdoor learning centre in the woods at nearby Antony House which is used by groups of students each week, in tutor groups or mixed age groups. The project allowed us to train a teaching assistant to become an outdoor learning leader to run these activities. We have also encouraged, through Outdoor Learning Challenges, all teachers to teach at least one lesson outside in specified fortnights. These have proved hugely popular with staff and students and now happen termly. From September, outdoor learning will be included in the Year 7 curriculum as part of our design technology rotation.

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Natural Connections Case Study – Shakespeare Primary School

Report to Shakespeare Primary School on the Natural Connections case-study visit on 24th April 2015

1. Introduction

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to staff and pupils at Shakespeare Primary School for making us so welcome and giving us an informative, interesting and enjoyable day. This document is a summary of the day’s findings.

2. Interviewees

During the day, we spoke to:

  • the headteacher
  • six teachers and a trainee teacher / volunteer
  • three groups of children

The purpose of our visit was to understand the extent and the range of learning outside the classroom in the natural environment (LINE) activities and their impact on staff and students. Our findings are set out below. Continue reading

Natural Connections Case Study – Ivy Lane Primary School

Report to Ivy Lane Primary School on the Natural Connections case-study visit on 13th October 2014

1. Introduction

We would like to extend our warm thanks to the headteacher, staff and pupils at Ivy Lane Primary School for making us so welcome and giving us an informative, interesting and enjoyable day. This document is a summary of the day’s findings.

2. Interviewees

During the day, we spoke with:

  • The headteacher
  • Five members of staff
  • A number of pupils from years 2 and 4

We also:

  • Had a tour of the grounds with four pupils.

The purpose of the interviews and visit was to understand the extent and the range of learning outside the classroom in the natural environment (LINE) activities and their impact on staff and students. Our findings are set out below. Continue reading

Natural Connections Case Study -Millbrook Church of England Primary School

Report to Millbrook C of E Primary School on the Natural Connections case-study visit on 23rd March 2015

  1. Introduction

We would like to extend our warm thanks to the staff and students at Millbrook Church of England Primary School for making us so welcome and giving us an informative, interesting and enjoyable visit. This document is a summary of our findings.

1. Interviewees

During the visit we spoke with:

  • Two members of staff
  • Three pupils from Years 3 and 4

The purpose of the interviews and visit was to understand the extent and the range of activities associated with learning outside the classroom in the natural environment (LINE) and their impact on staff and students. Our findings are set out below. Continue reading

Natural Connections Case Study – Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children’s Centre

Report to Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children’s Centre on the Natural Connections case-study visit on 8th May 2015

1. Introduction

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to staff and pupils at Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children’s Centre for making us so welcome and giving us an informative, interesting and enjoyable day. This document is a summary of the day’s findings.

 2. Interviewees

During the day, we spoke to:

  • the assistant headteacher
  • one Forest School leader
  • one teacher
  • six pupils from Years 3 and 4

The purpose of our visit was to understand the extent and the range of learning outside the classroom in the natural environment (LINE) activities and their impact on staff and students. Our findings are set out below. Continue reading

Transition Camps, a Learning Away Case Study

This case study of transition camps comes from the experiences and evaluation of the Learning Away Initiative, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation project. It has been prepared for the Natural Connections blog by Chris Loynes, a Learning Away advisor.

 

Working with pupils to design their own transition camp

I bet you can’t guess what came out top when we asked all the pupils what activity would be the most helpful in preparing them for transition to secondary? Telling scary stories to each other in the tent at night! They said ‘if I can listen to them and not get scared I’ll cope with anything!’ Year 6 teacher.

The response of the staff planning the residentials was to hire in a storyteller with a brief to teach the pupils scary stories in small groups, then every child had a story to tell later on in the tent to their friends.

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Natural Connections Case Study – Curledge Street Academy

Report to Curledge Street Academy on the Natural Connections case-study visit on 28th April 2015

1. Introduction

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to the headteacher, staff and pupils at Curledge Street Academy for making us so welcome and giving us an informative, interesting and enjoyable day. This document is a summary of the day’s findings.

2. Interviewees

During the day, we spoke to:

  • the headteacher
  • the LINE lead
  • three teachers
  • eight pupils from Years 1, 2, 4 and 5.

The purpose of our visit was to understand the extent and the range of learning outside the classroom in the natural environment (LINE) activities and their impact on staff and students. Our findings are set out below. Continue reading

Natural Connections Case Study – Totnes St John’s Church of England Primary School

Report to Totnes St John’s Church of England Primary School on the Natural Connections case-study visit on 23rd March 2015

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to the headteacher, staff and pupils at Totnes St John’s  Church of E Primary School for making us so welcome and giving us an informative, interesting and enjoyable day. This document is a summary of the day’s findings.

1. Interviewees

During the day, we spoke to:

  • the headteacher
  • the LINE lead
  • three teachers
  • two volunteers
  • seven pupils from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

The purpose of our visit was to understand the extent and the range of learning outside the classroom in the natural environment (LINE) activities and their impact on staff and students. Our findings are set out below. Continue reading

Natural Connections Case Study – Beechwood Primary School

Report to Beechwood Primary School on the Natural Connections case-study visit on 20th March 2015

1. Introduction

We would like to extend our warm thanks to the staff and students across the Southernway Federation (Beechwood Primary School and Oakwood Primary School) for making us so welcome and giving us an informative, interesting and visit. This document is a summary of our findings of the visit to Beechwood.

2. Interviewees

During the visit we spoke with staff including:

  • Head of School at Beechwood
  • Four teachers from Beechwood and Oakwood schools
  • A group of pupils from Years 5 and 6
  • Two members of the PTFA at Beechwood

The purpose of the interviews and visit was to understand the extent and the range of activities associated with learning outside the classroom in the natural environment (LINE) and their impact on staff and students. Our findings are set out below. Continue reading

Natural Connections Case Study – Marine Academy Plymouth

Report to Marine Academy Primary on the Natural Connections case-study visit on 6th June 2015

 1. Introduction

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to the headteacher, staff and pupils at Marine Academy Primary for making us so welcome and giving us an informative, interesting and enjoyable day. This document is a summary of the day’s findings.

2. Interviewees

During the day, we spoke to:

  • the headteacher
  • the LINE team
  • three staff members
  • one volunteer

We also:

  • were given a tour of the grounds
  • visited the Outdoor Learning after-school club.

The purpose of our visit was to understand the extent and the range of learning outside the classroom in the natural environment (LINE) activities and their impact on staff and pupils. Our findings are set out below Continue reading