Virtual Nature School with Auchtertyre ELC

Since February, almost 30 settings across Highland have taken part in the National Virtual Nature School programme to help improve approaches to planning learning and play outdoors.  Auchtertyre ELC took part in six sessions which included weekly input from the Virtual Nature School team and opportunities to reflect on practice.  The Auchtertyre staff team gained confidence using more responsive approaches to planning and recording learning outdoors using floorbooks.

‘We signed up for the Virtual Nature School training course with the aim of helping to improve our outdoor provision and to increase our motivation and it delivered. The themes of “looking” gave us great scope and the daily videos provided great “go to” ideas when needed. A highlight of basing a week’s learning around one item, was mind provoking. The breadth and depth that this approach allowed surprised us.’  Fiona Matheson, EYP Auchtertyre ELC

You can find further information and case studies from the programme by visiting 


Lockdown learning and sharing at Cradlehall Playgroup.

Cradlehall playgroup stayed connected with their families via a Whats App group. Providing online learning and connections that supported relationships and children’s learning by making links to the Curriculum for Excellence. These continued to help children to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. They created a floor book to record the activities they shared, parents interactions, photos and comments from families. Through the use of photos and comments they were aware of children’s progress and achievements. To find out more click here.