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Outdoor learning: An introduction for Primary Schools


Outdoor learning: An introduction for Primary Schools will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 3.2.2 and 4.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 

22nd June at Gymea Childrnen's Resource Centre

Outdoor learning: An introduction for primary schools engages participants in the foundational steps to assist them to develop outdoor learning. Presentations outline place-based outdoor learning, pedagogy, existing outdoor learning models and the benefits of nature play for children. The presentations work in tandem with the practical activities, which are the bulk of the workshop. The hands on opportunities include: nature play activities, games to establish outdoor routines, tips to develop risk assessments and instruction on how to align the outdoor activities to curriculum outcomes. This engaging course provides participants with the skills that are needed to successfully implement outdoor learning.


Course content:

  • An introduction to the outdoor learning; routines, games, resources, practicalities, weather, risk assessment and benefit.
  • The benefits of nature play for children. 
  • Practical activities on how to align the outdoor activities to curriculum outcomes. 


What to expect:

  • Indoor theory sessions to introduce place-based, experiential and constructivist pedagogies.
  • Practical lesson planning utilising the NSW K-6 Syllabus documents.
  • Outdoor sessions where you learn the skills to teach outside the classroom.
  • To gain the practical competencies to program for and teach outdoors.
  • A collaborative, safe and supportive environment to learn new skills, share ideas and learn from industry experts.


What to wear and bring:

* Outdoor "active wear" (Jeans are not ideal - rather wear cargo pants, tights or similar)

* Closed in shoes e.g. sneakers.

* Warm jumper 

* Hat

* Raincoat

* Note pad/ paper etc and a pen

* Camera/ ipad/ iphone for photos

* Reusable cup


Course cost and inclusions:

  • $250 per person 
  • Cost includes: qualified and experienced instructors, a completion certificate, outdoor equipment use, craft supplies, first aid, hall hire, booking fee, tea and coffee, salad and roll lunches and morning tea.


Your instructors:

  • Dr Amanda Lloyd is an Australian leading expert in outdoor learning, Planet Ark Spokeswoman and keynote speaker. She leads the Outdoor Connections Australia Professional Development Team, utilising her extensive educational knowledge. She is equipped with 17 years teaching experience, including time spent in leadership positions. Her impressive qualifications include a: Bachelor of Education (Primary), Graduate Certificate of Outdoor Education, Masters of Environment (Education for Sustainability) and Forest School Level 3 Instructors Training. Amanda’s PhD examined place-based outdoor learning in a Primary School. Her passion is assisting other teachers to implement outdoor learning in their programs.


  • Penny Sadubin has a distinctive set of experiences and qualifications that make her a vital component of the Outdoor Connections Australia Professional Development Team. She is an artist, landscape designer and educator. The landscape around us is the vital thread that links all of Penny’s work. Penny’s qualifications include a: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), City and Guilds Garden Design, Vectorworks for Garden Design and Forest School Level 3 Instructors Training. Drawing on her varied experiences and qualifications, Penny leads the Creative Arts and Playgrounds workshops.


We look forward to meeting you.


Outdoor Connections will cancel the course if there are under 10 particpants registered, you will be given 7 days warning in this event.


Amanda and Penny