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|Description||growit Level 2 builds upon teachers' skills in growit, enabling them to develop innovative topics and lessons which incorporate gardening with an emphasis on the environment and sustainability. growit Level 2 enables teachers to build firm foundations for implementing gardening within the core curriculum.|
|Duration||1 day (6 hours)|
|Categories||Primary, Teaching and Learning, Sciences, KS1, KS2, Support Staff, Teaching staff, Cross-curricular Themes, Health and Safety, Outdoor Activities, Out of school|
|Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students||
At the end of this one-day course, participants will have:
|Evidence underpinning this approach||
The learning strands of askit, growit, cookit and filmit are used to deliver a school's curriculum. The hands-on learning they provide gives children a sense of purpose and develops an understanding of the world around them.
By integrating engaging, practical and relevant activities into the learning environment, children have access to contexts which enable independent learning and the acquisition of fundamental life skills and knowledge. The Open Futures approach enables teachers to plan learning experiences which raise attainment in literacy, numeracy, science and technology. It allows learners to engage and contribute positively to the classroom, the school and the wider community.
|How users/participants can evaluate success||
Over 130 schools have successfully implemented the Open Futures programme over the past 11 years. There have been many positive OFSTED reports linking Open Futures to successful outcomes. Independent assessments have been carried out by Newcastle University, Charities Evaluation Service and the National Education Trust.
Independently evaluated by Newcastle University's Research Centre for Learning and Teaching, which shows amongst other things:
|Follow-up activities and support||
Support days are designed to provide in school direct support which follows on from the core training module. In school support days may be arranged to assist with lesson planning, modelling lessons with children, lesson observation and planning for curriculum development. Support days may be booked individually, or in blocks as required.
It is recommended that two support days are taken to help embed the learning from this training session.
Course bookings may be made online via Eventbrite, by telephone or by email
The course commences promptly at 10 am and finishes at 4pm
The course is facilitated by an Open Futures growit tutor
The format of the day contains practical hands-on tutored horticultural sessions on using growing as part of the curriculum
The course is accompanied by resources and materials to use in school.
Lunch will be provided.