The Virtual Nature School are providing a suite of outdoor play and learning resources which can be used by practitioners and parents to support home learning. These materials are available through the Virtual Nature School and are signposted on Parent Club. There are:
- Activity ideas and tips shared regularly on Facebook and Instagram
- A downloadable nature diary which can be used to celebrate learning, support reflection and improve literacy
- A regular newsletter. Each edition answers a question asked by parents and helps to support discussions with children around outdoor play
- A regular parent podcast focusing on myth busting and ideas to get outdoors. Episode 1 is tips for parents on dressing children warmly for outdoor play.
- A regular practitioner podcast exploring outdoor pedagogy
- Access to the Virtual Nature School videos which provide outdoor learning ideas or inquiries to start of the day’s learning
Please click on the links below for 2 brochures, one for practitioners and one for parents, which explain how these materials can be used to support outdoor home learning experiences. You may wish to share the parents’ brochure with your families.
Scottish Virtual Nature School – Home Learning Brochure – Practitioners
Scottish Virtual Nature School – Home Learning Brochure – Parents
The CPL Online Process resource supports Early Years Practitioners and other staff who work in Early Learning and Childcare to find and access high quality local and national professional learning materials. It can be used individually, in groups or staff teams – either as a self-study or led by setting managers. All resources can be accessed online.
This updated resource can be found within the CPL tile on the home page or by clicking HERE
Quiet Time to Talk
On Wednesday 17th June there will be the fourth of our weekly opportunities to reflect on and discuss a Words Up key message with members of the SLT team. We hope many of you will join to share your thoughts and ask the SLT team any questions you may have arising from the video or from your own experience of applying Quiet Time to Talk within your setting or with your own children.
Please watch the Quiet Time To Talk training HERE sometime prior to joining the live Q & A session on Wednesday, 1.30pm – 2.15pm.
Possible aspects to consider are:
• Can you think about when this key message might be difficult?
• Are there areas of the setting/ curriculum that would be easier or more difficult to use this key message in?
• Are there any barriers to putting it in place?
• Are there any children this might not work for/ be more difficult with?
• How does this link to Realising the Ambition?
The link is the same as previous sessions and can be accessed via your manager.
The following sessions are being offered next week in response to requests for additional opportunities to access recent Realising the Ambition events. These are for those who were unable to access the previous sessions due to high demand. Please note that the 60-minute briefing is offered twice on Thursday. Your manager will be able to provide links to these sessions.
Wednesday 10th June 9.30am – 10.00am
Realising the Ambition Bitesize 1: Learning Environment: interactions, experiences and spaces.
This session features a presentation followed by a chance to ask questions and share ideas. It is aimed at all those working across the Early Level, including EYPs, P1 staff, HTs, managers, childminders and support workers.
Thursday 11th June 10.30am – 11.30 am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Realising the Ambition 60-minute briefing
Realising the Ambition is the new practice guidance for Early Level from the Scottish Government. It calls for a step change in the quality of learning in both ELC and school, while also making this practical and even enjoyable. Staff and child wellbeing are at the heart of the document, making it very fit for our current times.
The hour-long session is mainly for Head Teachers, setting managers, Early Years Practitioners, P1 teachers and support workers. It may also be of interest to other education staff who are also welcome.
We will highlight the main innovations in Realising the Ambition and reflect together on its challenges and opportunities and how they can help us in the covid-19 reality.
A digital copy of Realising the Ambition can be found on the National Improvement Hub or by clicking HERE
For the next 6 weeks the Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) team are hosting an exciting weekly opportunity to focus on one of the Words Up key messages. You’ll be able to watch a short video presentation online and have the chance to reflect and discuss with members of the SLT team live afterwards.
This week’s key message is Pause and Wait. Please watch the video found HERE sometime prior to joining the live Q&A session on Wednesday, 1.30pm – 2.15pm.
Possible aspects to consider are:
- Can you think about when this key message might be difficult?
- Are there areas of the setting/curriculum that would be easier or more difficult to use this key message in?
- Are there any barriers to putting it in place?
- Are there any children this might not work for/be more difficult with?
- How does this link to Realising the Ambition?
We hope you will join to share your thoughts and ask the SLT team any questions you may have relating to the video or from your own experience of applying the key messages in practice within your setting or with your own family.
Look out for the link to the live session which will be posted on Wednesday morning.