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Nature Play QLD


Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Amaroo Environmental Education Centre, 90 Kleinton School Rd, Kleinton, QLD

Registration closes on:

Monday, 9 September 2019 at 12:00 PM - (GMT+10:00) Brisbane

Welcome to: Embedding Outdoor Learning Workshop for Primary School Educators Convened by Nature Play Qld in Partnership with Amaroo Environmental Education Centre

Tuesday 10th Sept - (9am - 4pm)

If you were invited to attending this workshop by the principal at Amaroo EEC or the Early Years Coach for the Darling Downs and South East Region, please contact Cam Mackenzie at to obtain your free registration disount voucher number. There will be 20 free spaces on a first come - first served basis.

All workshop content and modules are mapped to the Australian National Curriculum (ACARA) and Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL)

  • Discuss the researched impact of regular outdoor learning on children’s physical, social and intellectual development, self-esteem and resilience
  • Explore how to embed and timetable regular outdoor learning experiences into your curriculum programming, supporting the Australian National Curriculum, with a strong focus on STEM and the Age Appropriate Pedagogy Framework.
  • Take part in a group active planning session with likeminded teachers working within your age phase, mapping outdoor learning opportunities to the Australian National Curriculum Learning Area Content Descriptions.
  • Participate in a diverse range of outdoor learning ‘lessons’, focusing on STEM and other curriculum subject areas.
  • Explore strategies to record and evaluate students’ learning using a range of formative, peer and self-assessment methods, embedding a growth mindset approach to learning.
  • Explore through a series of case studies how outdoor learning can become a key component in whole school philosophy and practice.
  • Share ideas, resources and recommendations for developing nature spaces, playgrounds and outdoor classrooms at your school, including developing simple playtime and outdoor learning resource kits.
  • Discuss and practically explore how to maintain student safety outside of the classroom through the development of risk-benefit assessment, policies and procedures and most importantly by empowering your students.
  • Discuss suggested outdoor learning routines, expectations, rules and behaviour management strategies.
  • Discover a range of implementation techniques to engage and inspire parents, colleagues, your senior leader team, the local community and of your course your students.
  • Develop a structured ‘action plan’ to record your next steps to implementation at your school.
  • Receive a 40 page ‘Outdoor Learning Handbook’ including relevant polices, documentation, planning resources, lesson plans, risk management procedures and much more!
  • Receive a USB with an adaptable version of the Outdoor Learning Handbook, Research, a PowerPoint presentation to inspire your parents and colleagues and a series of short films for continuing professional development.

Gabarlah the Greater Glider – An Early Years Nature Play program that focuses on loving our place so we have somewhere to live and play.


The program is for Preps and Year One students and has explicit links to the Australian curriculum, through the Learning Areas of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Healthy and Physical Education.


The program is focused on student centred play-based learning and draws on many of the characteristics of the Age Appropriate Pedagogy. 


The program will be piloted after the workshop, so we look forward to sharing the outline of the program and would highly value any feedback from the professional educators participating in this workshop.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL)

Know students and how they learn - 1.1, 1.2

Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning – 3.2, 3.3

Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments – 4.1, 4.3, 4.4

Additional standards addressed - 5.1, 7.3