Exploring Science in the School Garden through Film(ESSG)

Provider: The Open Futures Trust
£150.00 (no VAT on this item)
Accreditation opportunities: 6 hours of CPD accreditation

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Description This one-day course will show you how to use handheld devices imaginatively and creatively for exploring science and the garden. Open Futures trainers will show you how to use your own digital devices to observe, identify, classify and record plants and animals so that you can confidently run your own investigations back at school.
Duration 1 day (6 hours)

The Open Futures Trust's website

Categories Primary, Secondary, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Sciences, Mathematics / Numeracy, KS1, KS2, Computing / ICT, English / Literacy, Health and care, Humanities, Technology, Teaching staff, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Pupil mentor, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Cross-curricular Themes, Facilities, Parents and Community, Wider Context, Health and Safety, Outdoor Activities, Sustainable Development, Parent Support, Inclusion, Out of school, In school, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Coaching / Mentoring, PSHE, Raising Aspirations/Expectations
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

At the end of this course you will have:

  • Learnt how to select and use your own and other digital devices to build pupil’s skills in identifying, classifying, sequencing, observing, recording and comparing in the natural environment
  • Explored plant structures through your own annotated photographs, taken in the field
  • Tried your hand at making a short film on the importance of trees
  • Gained ideas for short digital projects or challenges that are both inspiring and achievable in a school setting and plan your next steps
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:

  • Development of skills for life
  • Strong links with science curriculum
  • Consistently positive response from pupils
  • Development of positive attitudes to healthy eating



Tangible outcomes which children can experience, taste and use in partnership with the cookit and strands. Great potential for parental involvement and suitable for the development of extra-curricular clubs. An improvement in motivation and self-esteem through contextual learning.

Teaching staff benefits:

  • Development of skills and confidence in the enquiry-based learning approach

Student benefits:

  • Independent thinking 
  • Speaking and listening
  • English and maths
  • Improved relationships

Whole school benefits:

  • Engagement
  • Attainment
  • Parental Involvement
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.

The course is accompanied by a comprehensive workbook, with resources and materials to use in school.


Course bookings may be made online via Eventbrite, or by telephone or by email. 

The course commences at 10am and finishes at 4pm. 

The course is facilitated by two experts; a growit (RHS trained) tutor, and a filmit tutor

The format of the day contains practical hands-on sessions in both horticulture and digital filmmaking.

Lunch, refreshments, resources and materials and a comprehensive workbook are included. A certificate is provided to participants after successful completion of the course.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.