Awaken the Spirit of Discovery in Science Outside!
  • Forest & Beach, Beeson, Kingsbridge, South Devon TQ7 2ED

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This event was a day for primary school teachers and outdoor learning providers.

  • Discover three brilliant ways to teach science outside and achieve other important outcomes for children from Foundation Stage to Year 6.
  • Join three experienced practitioners for observations of their work with children, the social science backing and hands-on training.
  • Learn about ways to assess and evaluate learning on the move.
  • Quiz the whizzes about the basis for their practice.


  • 10:00 - Refreshments, welcome and introduction
  • 10:10 - Film of three science learning pedagogical approaches followed by discussion
  • 10:45 - Practical outdoor session 1 (assigned to one of three groups)
  • 11:45 - Evaluation & assessment plenary & group work
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:15 - Practical session 2 (you will be assigned to another group)
  • 14:15 - Plenary Q&A with the panel
  • 15:00 - Close

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Biography: Ian Blackwell

Ian Blackwell has 20 years’ experience in the learning outside the classroom sector, having worked in museums, galleries, heritage sites and natural environment settings with a range of partners and audiences across the UK. He was a senior advisor for the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council North East, and Project Manager for the Natural Connections Demonstration Project between 2012-16. He is currently a researcher at the University, an outdoor learning consultant and co-ordinator of The Dangerous Dads Network.

Biography: Alice Goodenough

Alice Goodenough is a Research Fellow at Plymouth Institute of Education. Her recent work explores what makes people feel good when they spend time in woodlands and how people’s relationship with natural spaces contributes to their health and wellbeing. She was project researcher for Good from Woods.

Biography: Pete Moore

Pete Moore (BA Hons, PGCE) is Director of Forest and Beach, an outdoor learning centre based in South Devon. A former Primary School teacher with 18 years' teaching experience, Pete and his wife Andrea (also a teacher) followed their passion for outdoor learning by creating FaB in 2013. FaB now delivers school residential visits, Forest School, INSET training and outdoor adventures for young children from all around the South Hams and further afield.

Biography: Sue Waite

Sue Waite is Associate Professor (Reader) in Outdoor Learning at Plymouth Institute of Education. She has researched outdoor play and learning extensively, including Forest School, health and wellbeing from woodland activities, assessment outdoors and two ESRC funded projects. Her previous research in the social sciences helped design the Natural Connections Demonstration Project she recently led that worked with 125 schools across the southwest of England.

Biography: Phil Waters

Phil Waters is Director of I Love Nature, an activity, training and consultancy company in Cornwall, and a doctoral student at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter. With an interest in children’s fiction and a career of over 22 years working in various children’s environments, Phil’s work brings together play, narrative and nature within a form of praxis called ‘narrative journey’. He is a keen writer, filmmaker and story-maker, and enjoys bringing these elements together in his research and work with children.

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