NEW FOR 2021!

Learn how to create sensory learning opportunities everywhere!

with Richard Hirstwood and Carol Allen

2 March 2021 12.45pm – 4pm

Why should I attend?

We often forget to utilise all the available areas for learning and teaching opportunities and focus on our classroom and specialist rooms such as sensory rooms.  Yet there are often other options, and outdoor spaces are often overlooked and/or underused.  This lively, and practical, course will introduce a fabulous selection of ideas to extend the sensory opportunities beyond your classroom for you and your students.  Come along, join in and have some sensory fun!


Testimonial – January 2021

‘Really amazing ideas for how to create cheaper alternatives for sensory play’ – E Howell

‘…examples of simple items used to great effect whilst learning outdoors’ – N Watt

‘I now feel that when having a theme we would be able to incorporate it into the outside area using ideas that you have provided’ – C Rogers

‘…ideas on bringing the outside in’ – J Oldrieve




1.00 pm Admission and virtual tea/coffee to start the session!

1.10 pm Welcome!

Introduction to agenda and outline of Zoom routines and protocol.   To cover:

  • Use of microphone; when to mute/unmute

  • Use of Video especially in breakout rooms

  • What happens when we breakout

  • Using chat

  • How to ask a question

  • Use of hands up/clapping symbols

1.15 pm A warm up/getting to know you activity!

1.20 pm Why we should extend activities beyond the traditional classroom?

This session also will focus on the key issues in outdoor learning that need to be considered in planning, including space, finance, weather, current facilities, staff and safety.

1.40 pm Breakout Room chat activity

1.55 pm Sensory Gardens.

In this session we will consider what constitutes a sensory garden and identify the key features you should consider when planning to create one (or re-vamp an existing one) for your students.

2.15 pm Breakout Room chat activity

A chat task will take place as a follow up to Session 2.

2.30 pm Coffee break plus a mini online learning course.

2.50 pm Discussion of key points from online learning course

3.00 pm Practical ideas and examples for outdoor learning

In this session, Richard and Carol share practical ideas and examples of outdoor learning, including the use of water play, light, sound, movement, pathways, collection space and storytelling.

3.20 pm Practical Activity: an example of a simple but exciting outdoor learning game

3.30 pm Question and Answers

Delegates to list 3 things they will followup/action/share/ as a result of the course.

3.50 pm Plenary

The afternoon finishes with a plenary session, which will include a reminder about continuing CPD activities, future collaboration, reflective practice, further resources and contact details.

4.00 pm Thank you and close of session!

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with Autism, PMLD/ CLDD. It will be helpful to all those wishing to extend their learning environments beyond the classroom to make the most of the outside spaces available to them.



Any resources shared/signposted during the session (i.e. during Zoom chat) will be emailed to delegates as a pdf after the session.



If you wish to make a group booking for this course – we can do this quickly and easily for you!  Please email a spreadsheet with the first name/surname/email addresses of the delegates you wish to book for.  This should go to  We will then create access to this course for your colleagues.  A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking and we can send you an invoice.

Cost: £45 plus VAT per place

(£54 including VAT)