26th April – Outdoor Learning Conference 2017

Fancy a brilliant day of workshops on topics around outdoor learning, food education and school gardening?

We have just set a date for our 4th Outdoor Learning Conference – Wednesday April 26th, 9:30-3pm. This inspiring event has been a sell-out for the last three years. For 2017, we are mixing it up a bit – including content on Forest School and a guest appearance from the leaders of the Natural Connections Project, the biggest ever research project in the UK looking at the benefits of outdoor learning. Other guests include Learning Through Landscapes and The Garden Classroom.

We are finalising the workshop programme but these will include inspiring maths and writing outdoors, early years gardening, garden design, grow to sell, embedding in the school curriculum etc.

The price is only £60, including lunch and pizza from our wood fired oven. The school band will serenade attendees during the break. Any profits to the Rhyl Kitchen Classroom project.

To reserve your place, please email: admin@rhylprim.camden.sch.uk or telephone: 020 7485 4899.

Feedback from previous years:

“Really inspiring and helpful. Lovely and passionate facilitators and teachers.” Halstow School

“… it was exceptional value.” Gillespie Primary

“Thanks for fantastic day.” Lancs Primary




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Are we at turning point for outdoor learning?


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Science Week – Outdoor Learning

Just finished Science Week, with a chilly Thursday spent outdoors. Lots of classification, drawing and experiments! img_3737

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Outdoor Classroom Day 2017

The organisers of Outdoor Classroom Day on 18th May visited Rhyl today for their planning meeting, including a tour of our school grounds. These included Natural England, Project Dirt and Eco Schools.

We heard from researchers of the amazing Natural Connections project – click here to read.


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Willow Weaver Visits Rhyl

John Waller Willow Weaver

We were very excited to have a visit from John Waller, a willow weaver from Kent. He helped weave a low fence in our forest garden and a new screen for our log circle.

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Abbey Home Farm

10 children from Years 5 and 6 spent the week living on a farm in Gloucestershire as part of a very special school journey. Helen, Ms Cole and Ms Michael together with the children, set off from school on Monday morning in a minibus and arrived at the farm just in time for a healthy lunch. Over the week, we all had a great time milking the cows, collecting and measuring 150 eggs a day, picking vegetables from the fields, learning to make a fire and cooking all our own meals. Abbey Home farm is an organic farm near Cirencester so the children learnt about how organic farming helps animals to be healthier as well as how farming methods protect the environment and support a more sustainable lifestyle. We had a brilliant time!

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It’s Official – Outdoor Learning Improves Motivation

In case you missed it, a very important report was recently published by Natural Connections. “England’s largest outdoor learning project reveals children more motivated to learn when outside. Children from 125 schools across the South West on England are happier, healthier and more motivated to learn thanks to a new project commissioned by Natural England that has turned the outdoors into a classroom and helped schools transform ways of teaching.


The findings have been released today by the Natural Connections Demonstration project, a four-year initiative to help school children – particularly those from disadvantaged areas – experience the benefits of the natural environment by empowering teachers to use the outdoors to support everyday learning.


The project, which is funded by Natural England, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Historic England and delivered by Plymouth University, is the largest project of its kind in England and has already helped more than 40,000 primary and secondary school pupils get out of their classrooms and into the outdoors – whether that’s a maths lesson in a local park or drama out on the school field.


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