As a leading expert and inspiration in creative outdoor learning Chris can put together ideas and activities to suit any topic and emphasis focus on core subjects.
Chris provides the following ‘off the shelf’ workshops that relate directly to National curriculum topics. So far he has done:
A sense of place – working with the senses, story and scrapbooks, map making, music from the landscape and historical poetry
Animals and us – stories and animal forms – a whole day of exploration using art, music, dance, maths, and literacy to go along with the science
Australia – didgeridoo, stories and art
Celts – Making roundhouses, telling stories and looking how Celts perceived time and natural cycles
Containers – simple bark, willow and card containers inspired by traditional crafts from cultures around the world
Creation myths – storytelling and re-telling, making story sets and enacting the stories outside or inside
Cyclic patterns – land art based activity making circular maps
Egypt – shadoufs, stories and making a giant sculpture of the River Nile
Friction and forces – fire by friction, traps and shadoufs
Habitats and homes – storytelling, mini beasts and mini den making, big hut making
Keeping warm – How do we keep warm and how could we survive a night out in the woods – shelters, insulation, fire
Lifecycles – land art based sculptural interpretation of life cycles
Materials – what make a good survival shelter? how to build various kinds
Mother nature designer
Mountain environments – Working with stories and looking at habitat change and weathering, ecosystems and hydrology
Myths and legends –storytelling from around the world and talk for write style re-telling and story set making
Our local area – Map making, music from the landscape, using many senses, working with a traditional story about creating a sense of place and belonging and timelines of local history
Patterns in nature – using patterns in nature to inspire poetry, music and land art, understanding ecotypes and developing a sense of place
Rainforests – storytelling, learning about trees activities, blindfolded smell trail, acoustic worlds, making dreamcatchers, building a tree!
Rivers and watersheds – a trip along the River Otter or Lym with activities and observations along the way.
Shelters – making survival shelters and african huts – case study of looking at different types of traditional dwelling in Kenya
Stone Age – storytelling, creation myths, earth paint and stone tool making, working with animal skins
Survival skills day for year 5 & 6 –kickstarter for instructive writing
Tudors – looking at Tudor building techniques, Globe theatre, William Shakespeare and re-telling traditional tales
Victorians – activities and challenges include making mini railways, stations and bridges
Woodland walk – Tree ID, tree stories with activities along the way…may include a Gruffalo hunt.