NEW FOR 2021!

Learn how to create sensory learning opportunities everywhere!

with Richard Hirstwood and Carol Allen

30 June 2021 9am – 12pm

Why should I attend?

It’s summertime!   After a complex and challenging year, now is the time to expand our learning horizons and get outside!!!  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 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



9.00 am Admissions and virtual tea/coffee to start the session

9.05 am Welcome & introduction – Warm-up session  

9.15 am Session 1:  Where to start?  

This session introduces the key elements that will underpin your extension of teaching and learning to outdoor spaces.

9.35 am Follow-up: Chat/Breakout Task  

9.45 am Session 2:  Sensory Gardens.   

Moving from a passive exploration to an active learning environment.  What can you plant, harvest and use in this summer term?

10.00 am Session 3:  Exploring sound.  

From natural sounds through to manufactured sound opportunities , this session will offer practical ideas from fixed and portable speakers through to pots, pans and boxes.

10.15 am  COFFEE BREAK and mini online learning course 
10.50 am Discussion of key points from online learning course 

11.00 am Session 4:  Waterplay!   

This messy play session will look at a variety of fixed and home made ideas to introduce waterplay into your outdoor learning offering.

11.25 am Session 5:  Rapid fire ideas!

The final session will be rapid fire ideas for tried and tested tips, activities and resources that will engage both your staff and your students in outside play.

11.50 am Q & A session 

Delegates to put questions in chat so that any unanswered live can be followed up after the session.

12 noon Plenary, thank you and end 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.



The following resources will be available in your account for one week after the course date: A digital recording of this event, any resources shared/signposted during the session and a transcript of Zoom chat.



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. Email to We will then create access to this course for your colleagues. A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking.

Cost: £50 plus VAT per place

(£60 including VAT)