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Training: Mark Making Outdoors (Aberdeen City only)
Monday 14 January @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Mark Making Outdoors
Mark making helps children develop many different concepts and skills across different curriculum areas. Through mark making children are expressing their thoughts, feelings and ideas as well as their creativity and imagination. It is fundamental to children’s learning and development. Many children naturally prefer to play outside when given the choice. Thus, this course is designed to help practitioners support and further develop mark making opportunities outside based upon children’s needs and interests.
Participants will be expected to undertake a range of work in between the twilight sessions which is likely to include:
- Background reading about mark making and summarising the main points;
- Auditing their current outdoor provision in terms of the mark making opportunities;
- Observing a group or individual child who enjoys playing outside and who does not normally engage in mark making inside;
- Developing and carrying out a series of actions to improve the mark making opportunities outside and to reflect upon how these support children who prefer to play outside to engage in spontaneous mark-making.
Expected outcomes for the participants:
- To improve personal knowledge and understanding about mark making and how this can be supported in an outdoor context;
- To be able to respond to individual or groups of children who do not show a natural inclination for mark making;
- To understand how the environment presents opportunities for mark making that are different to those inside and how to make the most of these opportunities.
Trainer: Juliet Robertson, Creative Star Learning
Booking: Booking form required
Juliet is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants who specialises in outdoor learning and play. She works at a national level delivering training, giving keynote speeches, leading and supporting innovative outdoor projects and writing content for websites, documents and case studies. She is passionate about enabling schools, play organisations and early years settings to provide quality outdoor learning and play opportunities for children and young people.
Juliet also works at an international level providing inspiring and engaging presentations and training everywhere. In the past two years alone, she has toured Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic. She provided the kickstart training for the first outdoor nurseries in Lithuania and worked with universities and schools in Spain and Belgium.
After years of ghost writing and public blogging, Juliet is now an author of Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors (2014) and Messy Maths (2017).