EYFS Online Training
2021 – 2022

Investigating the Natural World through Outdoor Learning

Tutors: David Weatherly, Sheena Wright and Gyles Morris


Cost: £125 plus VAT per delegate - 9.00 am – 3.30 pm


Dates 2021
November 17th, November 22nd, November 24th, November 29th, December 1st


Rationale of the day

The Early Years Foundation Stage reforms to the Understanding the World educational programme, together with the new The Natural World ELG, have emphasised the importance of children’s interactions with the outside world. Practitioners will therefore need to provide opportunities which enable children to investigate a variety of living things and natural materials through hands on experiences. The day will provide timely support for EYFS teachers, Forest School, Outdoor Learning and Science leads seeking to clarify their understanding of the revised learning and development and assessment requirements for The Natural World in the EYFS. Colleagues will participate in and review examples of outdoor learning enquiries and will leave with an extensive range of CPD materials to support the development and management of effective practice in their own schools and settings.

Key Objectives – all colleagues will leave the day:

  • Understanding the major concepts and skills that underpin the study of the natural world and how these help children make sense of their ecologically diverse environments.
  • Able to plan progression in science knowledge, understanding and subject vocabulary.
  • Knowing how to ensure curriculum continuity, sequencing, and development from EYFS into Key Stage 1 including mixed aged classes.
  • Recognising how the Characteristics of Learning and links to other Areas of Learning can be key drivers in developing children’s enquiry of the natural world.

Course Outline

  • 08:45 – 09:00  Registration
  • 09:00 – 10:30  Ensuring a rigorous approach to learning about the natural world outdoors
  • 10:30 – 10:45  Break
  • 10:45 – 12:45  Exploring the natural world through practical learning enquiries
  • 12:45 – 13:30  Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:15  Assessing the impact of learning about the natural world
  • 15:15 – 15:30  Plenary

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