Hampshire Outdoors Conference - Discovery on your Doorstep

Engaging, relevant and cost-effective outdoor ideas for the whole curriculum

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About this event
Friday 17 September 2021 at Stubbington Study Centre, Fareham

We have an exciting programme of workshops and speakers which will equip school teachers and outdoor education leads with the resources, ideas and inspiration to create a curriculum that engages all pupils.


Sue Waite – Visiting research fellow at The University of Plymouth and co-author of The National Curriculum Outdoors.

Matthew Dampier – Headteacher at Droxford Junior school, a fully integrated outdoor learning school.

Making the most of your school's locality (Hampshire Outdoors)

Teachers have traditionally visited a variety of places for learning outside the classroom experiences, but with various restrictions this might not be the case this year.  In this learning walk around Stubbington we will explore how the local area can be utilised for outdoor learning opportunities. Whilst we appreciate every school’s local area will be different, the process we go through and the ideas generated should spark some ideas that can be incorporated to to make the most of your school's locality.

A seashore experience (Stubbington Study Centre)

During this workshop, we’ll take a short walk to the beach and look at a number of coastal activities that can be enjoyed with (or without!) a group of children.

Wellbeing in your wellies (Hampshire Outdoors)

Introducing wellbeing activities in to outdoor settings for primary students of all abilities. We will look at how to use the landscape around you, encouraging young people to engage with nature and the benefits of outdoor wellbeing activities.

Learning to love your school grounds (New Forest National Park Authority)

Re-imagining your school grounds and local green spaces

Every school has spaces which are left untouched, out of sight, or simply feel uninspiring and "the same". The first step to getting more staff and pupils learning outdoors is to get them feeling comfortable in those spaces, then awaken curiosity. In this workshop we will lead activities that can be shared with staff or pupils to help give a new perspective on your outdoor spaces through emotional mapping, view finding and storytelling.

Working scientifically with mini-beasts (Hilliers)

Suitable for Primary teachers, trainee teachers and teaching assistants. Join Carla for an hour of hands-on activities designed to take minibeast hunts to a new level. Find out how to use and develop simple keys to identify, classify and describe living creatures (invertebrates). There will be an opportunity to look at relevant resources to support your teaching.

Times table Maths Outdoors (Hampshire Outdoors)

With an increased focus on times tables, it is important to find different active and fun ways for children to practice them. We will look at a number of outdoor activities and games to help consolidate children’s learning.

Yes kids, we can jump in the waves! (Hampshire Outdoors)

An interactive* introductory workshop on leading groups into the shallow water at the beach. Planning your visit -picking the right beach, tides, supervision techniques in and near the water, how deep is too deep, activities and most importantly staying safe (there might even be the odd throwline flying around).

*Yes interactive means weather permitting we’ll be in the water so please plan to get wet up to your knees, be on the beach in any weather and bring something to change into just in case you get a little wetter or over excited than you’d planned.

Get mapping! (Minstead Study Centre)

During this workshop we will introduce some very simple map making and map reading techniques that might enable you to make better use of your school or Centre site, and enable children to understand maps better. As well as exploring ways that you might create simple maps of your school site, we will do some exercises designed to assist even the least map savvy person to work our where they are and where they might be going! This will be an outdoor workshop – whatever the weather – and may involve some competition. Dress appropriately.

Camping in the school grounds (Hampshire Outdoors)

Camping is a fun (and reasonably low cost) way of giving the children a residential experience - whether it is their first experience away from home or a longer adventure. This session will provide you with the skills and knowledge to run a successful camp on your school grounds.

Outdoor learning or Forest School? (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust)

We will look at the different benefits curriculum based outdoor learning and learner centred Forest School can offer to your school or setting to support your next steps into embedding connection to nature into daily school life.

WILDER Schools (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust)

Find out how school grounds can be part of a larger nature recovery network, to support wildlife and wild learning! We will share ideas and information on starting or continuing your wilder journey, as well as show some simple activities to help learners connect to the nature around them.

PE and Outdoor Learning (Hampshire Outdoors)

This practical workshop will cover a range of ideas for physical activity and PE that can be used as part of your PE curriculum and more widely as part of your whole school physical activity offer.

Firelighting on the school grounds (Hampshire Outdoors)

Campfires can be an exciting and valuable educational tool. Sitting around a small campfire as a group, learning, listening, singing, making and sharing food cooked on the fire can be a wonderful, communal experience for children. In this session, we will look at how to have a small campfire on the school grounds, the health and safety that needs to be considered and the learning that can be derived. We may even toast some marshmallows!

The South Downs Curriculum (South Downs National Park Authority)

Using the South Downs National Park to support your planning across the curriculum:

  • Identify opportunities to link your local national park to a broad and balanced curriculum for your school
  • Try out some National Park activities to spark enthusiasm across a range of subjects
  • Discover how the South Downs Alphabet was used to inspire reluctant writers and poets

Power to the Pollinators (Julie Newman - X-Polli Educator)

Engage in simple activities to raise awareness of pollinators and to identify and help them in the school grounds. We will explore citizen science for primary pupils and how nature engagement can promote conservation. Linking especially with the science and art curriculum and best suited for KS2.


£100 - Hampshire Outdoors SLA (including lunch and refreshments)

Hampshire Outdoors will send an invoice for the delegate directly to your school/setting. You will be charged if you cancel your space within 3 weeks of the event.


Time Agenda item
9:30am Registration
9am to 9:45am Welcome and keynote: Sue Waite
10am to 10:35am Keynote: Matthew Dampier
11am to 11:15am Refreshment break
11:15am to 12:15pm Workshop Session 1
12:15pm to 1pm Lunch
1pm to 2pm Workshop Session 2
2pm to 2:15pm Refreshment break
2:15pm to 3:15pm Workshop Session 3
3:15pm to 3:30pm Evaluations and depart

Places on workshops are issued on a first come, first served basis. Each workshop has specified a capacity and unfortunately these cannot be changed.