Awaken the Spirit of Discovery in Science Outside!
  • Forest & Beach, Beeson, Kingsbridge, South Devon TQ7 2ED

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This event is a day for primary school teachers and outdoor learning providers.

  • Discover three brilliant ways to teach science outside and achieve other important outcomes for children from Foundation Stage to Year 6.
  • Join three experienced practitioners for observations of their work with children, the social science backing and hands-on training.
  • Learn about ways to assess and evaluate learning on the move.
  • Quiz the whizzes about the basis for their practice.


  • 10:00 - Refreshments, welcome and introduction
  • 10:10 - Film of three science learning pedagogical approaches followed by discussion
  • 10:45 - Practical outdoor session 1 (assigned to one of three groups)
  • 11:45 - Evaluation & assessment plenary & group work
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:15 - Practical session 2 (you will be assigned to another group)
  • 14:15 - Plenary Q&A with the panel
  • 15:00 - Close

Register your free place via the above link.

Light refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own packed lunch. Some sessions will be held outside so please dress accordingly.

View this event profile on the ESRC Festival website

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Today's events

Biography: Ian Blackwell

Ian Blackwell has 20 years’ experience in the learning outside the classroom sector, having worked in museums, galleries, heritage sites and natural environment settings with a range of partners and audiences across the UK. He was a senior advisor for the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council North East, and Project Manager for the Natural Connections Demonstration Project between 2012-16. He is currently a researcher at Plymouth University, an outdoor learning consultant and co-ordinator of The Dangerous Dads Network.

Biography: Alice Goodenough

Alice Goodenough is a Research Fellow at Plymouth Institute of Education. Her recent work explores what makes people feel good when they spend time in woodlands and how people’s relationship with natural spaces contributes to their health and wellbeing. She was project researcher for Good from Woods.

Biography: Pete Moore

Pete Moore (BA Hons, PGCE) is Director of Forest and Beach, an outdoor learning centre based in South Devon. A former Primary School teacher with 18 years' teaching experience, Pete and his wife Andrea (also a teacher) followed their passion for outdoor learning by creating FaB in 2013. FaB now delivers school residential visits, Forest School, INSET training and outdoor adventures for young children from all around the South Hams and further afield.

Biography: Sue Waite

Sue Waite is Associate Professor (Reader) in Outdoor Learning at Plymouth Institute of Education. She has researched outdoor play and learning extensively, including Forest School, health and wellbeing from woodland activities, assessment outdoors and two ESRC funded projects. Her previous research in the social sciences helped design the Natural Connections Demonstration Project she recently led that worked with 125 schools across the southwest of England.

Biography: Phil Waters

Phil Waters is Director of I Love Nature, an activity, training and consultancy company in Cornwall, and a doctoral student at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter. With an interest in children’s fiction and a career of over 22 years working in various children’s environments, Phil’s work brings together play, narrative and nature within a form of praxis called ‘narrative journey’. He is a keen writer, filmmaker and story-maker, and enjoys bringing these elements together in his research and work with children.

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science 

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.

Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. 2016 is the 14th year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the festival grows from strength to strength.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.

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