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Training: Outdoor Book Bags (Aberdeen City only)

Tuesday 27 November 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Outdoor Book Bags

There is a symbiotic relationship between books and being outside. Children who have broad experiences outside tend to make better connections to concepts and narratives in books. Likewise, books are a motivation and gateway to exploring the outdoors.

In this course, participants will look at a range of approaches for fostering the link between books and being outside, primarily through the creation of outdoor book bags. It will be a collaborative approach where participants explore books with their children, create family outdoor book bags and trial these within their settings. By sharing ideas and resources, the participants will learn from each other and enjoy using books with their children way beyond going on bear hunts and looking for Gruffalos.   Participants will be expected to undertake a range of work in between the twilight sessions which is likely to include:

  • Background reading about the value of books in the context of outdoor experiences and summarising the main points;
  • Trialling a range of strategies to using books outside or as a springboard to outdoor experiences;
  • Developing and trialling at least one family outdoor book bag for use within their setting;
  • Sharing generously with other course participants so that everyone finishes with a broad range of books and possible lines of development for use within their establishment.

Expected outcomes for the participants:

  • Develop confidence and skills at creating outdoor experiences using books;
  • To learn what constitutes a great family outdoor book bag through trialling and sharing experiences;
  • To broaden the repertoire of books used outside both at nursery and at home.

Trainer: Juliet Robertson, Creative Star Learning

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Juliet Robertson

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).


Tuesday 27 November 2018
4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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