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Training: Outdoor Numbers (Aberdeen City only)
Monday 25 February @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Numeracy is all about numbers which are a tool for helping us to interpret and explain what happens in the world around us. Very often, there is an over-emphasis on measurement, shape, position and movement experiences outside. In this course we will focus specifically on numbers and how outdoor play is the place to learn counting skills, the art of subitising, estimation and many other practical early numeracy skills children need to acquire through child-centred, play-based experiences. It is based upon the book Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years.
Participants will be expected to undertake a range of work in between the twilight sessions which is likely to include:
- Background reading about maths outside in relation to developing numeracy skills and summarising the main points;
- Spending time observing children playing outside to consider how to develop the children’s knowledge, understanding and use of numbers in ways which support their interests and needs;
- Developing a range of resources for use outside and trialling these to gauge impact and effectiveness with individual or specific groups of children.
Expected outcomes for the participants:
- To improve knowledge and understanding about numeracy outdoors. This will, in turn help participants see the connection between numeracy and the outdoor environment;
- To begin the process of developing a numeracy-rich outdoor environment which focuses upon children’s needs and interests;
- To develop the confidence to continue embedding maths outside beyond the duration of the course.
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).