Epping Forest Empty Classroom Day 2014 http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/empty-classroom-day-2014.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Let your students shine http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/let-your-students-shine.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Join the NSEW celebration! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/join-the-nsew-celebration!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 More rain? Bring it on! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/more-rain-bring-it-on!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 We made Gifford Wood! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/we-made-gifford-wood!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Challenge 2! The Ride 100 http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/challenge-2!-the-ride-100.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Biodiversity in the new Primary Science Curriculum http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/biodiversity-in-the-new-primary-science-curriculum.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Improvements to the booking process http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/improvements-to-the-booking-process.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 We’ve been busy this summer! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/we’ve-been-busy-this-summer!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Using Lessons from Nature as a Collapsed Timetable Day http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/using-lessons-from-nature-as-a-collapsed-timetable-day.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:44 Geography under control!! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/geography-under-control!!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:44 Habitats for Learning There are 4 Associate Action Teams each with specific task; Grounds, Marketing, Events and Fundraising. The Grounds Action Team is a group of Associates who help to ensure the ongoing maintenance of the grounds for the enjoyment and safe access of the wider community. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/habitats-for-learning.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 New Year Resolutions Discover Epping Forest in 2013, get closer to nature and help the wildlife in your school are 3 inspirations for resolutions. Read on to see what other suggestions we have come up with. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/new-year-resolutions.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Bring Your Colleagues If you want a fun day out we can offer an excellent range of structures and flexible team building and environmental activities for you and your colleagues. Read on to find out what else we can offer. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/bring-your-colleagues.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:44 Developing Partnerships Epping Forest Field Centre is joining forces with Archimedes Training, the British Ecological Society and the John Muir Trust to offer even more outdoor learning experiences. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/developing-partnerships.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 FSC 70th Anniversary 2013 is the Field Studies Council’s 70th Anniversary year. Read more about the successes of FSC so far and find out how Epping Forest Field Centre is planning to celebrate. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/fsc-70th-anniversary.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:44 New Learning Locations The Centre education team is carefully researching and developing new courses in new locations. Learning locations outside of Epping Forest and closer to schools have been risk assessed to increase the range of learning services on offer so schools can have more field visits. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/new-learning-locations.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Summer activities for your pupils Have your pupils ever built a den, took a look inside a tree, set up a snail race or made a grass trumpet? Encourage your pupils to get outside this summer to tick off some of the activities on the National Trust’s list of the 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/summer-activities-for-your-pupils.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Easter Family Fun Spend time outdoors this Easter and take part in activities that the whole family will enjoy. Work together to find out more about the wildlife in Epping Forest. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/easter-family-fun.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:44 Easter Safaris Encourage your children to get off the sofa and into nature this Easter. With two weeks of school holiday to fill this is a great way to cure boredom! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/easter-safaris.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:51 Mind the Gap - free resources Visit the Mind the Gap website for a great selection of free teaching resources for primary and secondary school teachers. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/mind-the-gap-free-resources.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Enhancing Learning Environments The Centre team needs all the help it can get to maintain and enhance the learning environments within the grounds. A team from Epping Forest Countrycare and their volunteers spent a day at the Centre in February removing plant overgrowth from the two ponds in the grounds. Find out the reason for this and how you can help. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/enhancing-learning-environments.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Challenge Anneke Team Leader Anneke is facing a number of challenges in 2012 including the London marathon. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/challenge-anneke.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Mark Cavendish at the Centre 2011 was a year filled with great things and there is much to look forwards to in 2012 …that’s Epping Forest Field Centre not just Mark Cavendish! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/mark-cavendish-at-the-centre.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Subsidised Learning During 2011, Epping Forest Field Centre provided 3,311 grant funded (subsidised) learner experiences through Winter Wonderland, Discovering Epping Forest project, Learning for Biodiversity project, Kids Fund and the Epping and Theydon Garnon projects. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/subsidised-learning.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Marketing Action Team The Centre team have been busy creating a new range of publicity materials including posters, fliers and this newsletter. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/marketing-action-team.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Coming to a green space near you Our education team is carefully researching and developing new courses in new locations. We have risk assessed learning locations outside of Epping Forest and closer to schools to increase the range of learning services on offer as we recognise that schools would like to have more field visits. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/coming-to-a-green-space-near-you.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 National Science and Engineering Week Celebrate National Science and Engineering Week at Epping Forest Field Centre between 9th and 18th March 2012. Book a place for your school group on one of our courses. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/national-science-and-engineering-week.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Free learning with Lessons from Nature http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/free-learning-with-lessons-from-nature.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Extending our reach In addition to providing courses at our purpose built centre in the heart of Epping Forest we can also deliver our programmes closer to schools. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/extending-our-reach.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:44 Learning for Biodiversity for London families The Learning for Biodiversity for Londoners project is an exciting new programme delivering learning for biodiversity (including education in classification and the science of taxonomy). The project addresses barriers to learning, takes learning closer to the learners and enhances the value of our work at our London outreach learning locations. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/learning-for-biodiversity-for-london-families.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Going the extra mile On the seventh of May this year, tutors Sarah Etherington and Michelle Savage along with Jonothan Oldham (from Flatford Mill Field Centre) boarded a plane to Astana in Kazakhstan to spend two weeks teaching preparatory university students Ecology. Read on to find out more about their adventures. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/going-the-extra-mile.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Lots of discoveries Spring and Summer have been full of great discoveries by staff and visitors at Epping Forest Field Centre. The forest is teeming with life and we are keen to share our findings with you. Visit our Centre <a href="http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Epping-Forest-Field-Centre/383830733712">facebook </a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/">twitter </a> (Epping Forest FSC) pages to view great photos taken by staff, volunteers and pupils. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/lots-of-discoveries.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Splish, Splash, Splosh! That is the sound of lots of children enjoying the muddy puddles in Epping Forest thanks to the lovely people at Shoezone and Stead & Simpson. They came rushing to our rescue this week when we urgently needed lots of new wellington boots. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/splish,-splash,-splosh!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:44 Improving Investigations Epping Forest Field Centre always aims to provide the best possible service to our schools and their students. In order to achieve this we continually review our programmes offered and regularly take guidance from Chief Examiners. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/improving-investigations.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Geography Under Control! As many readers know, an important part of Secondary Geography is the Controlled Assessment. We have worked with schools to develop a range of GCSE Geography day courses, specifically for the Controlled Assessment titles set by AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC. The Controlled Assessments give students a brilliant opportunity to take part in Fieldwork and put the theory they have learnt in the classroom into practice, it also gives them the chance to gain marks at the same time. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/geography-under-control!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:44 Have EFFC staff got the skills to survive? James and Tania spent two days in the heart of Epping Forest. Did they survive? We are happy to say that both returned to the Centre in one piece having had a fantastic time practising their bushcraft skills. James and Tania were able to put their existing skills to use and develop additional valuable woodland living, wilderness survival and forest skills during a two-day Bushcraft Delivery Course funded by the Branching Out Project. Activities included fire lighting and building a natural shelter that they stayed in for the night. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/have-effc-staff-got-the-skills-to-survive.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Celebrating 20 Years of Steve Staff, associates and friends of Epping Forest Field Centre came together on Sunday 1st April to celebrate Steve’s 20th year as Head of Centre. “Thank you so much for marking my 20th anniversary with such a lovely event. It was a really terrific day with so many nice things that I will forever cherish”, Steve. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/celebrating-20-years-of-steve.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Autumn activities for children and families Have your pupils ever built a den, took a look inside a tree, set up a snail race or made a grass trumpet? Encourage your pupils to get outside this Autumn to tick off some of the activities on the National Trust’s list of the 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/autumn-activities-for-children-and-families.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Seasonal Celebrations Families are invited to the Centre on 3rd and 4th December for free fun and inspiring activities. Visitors can enjoy a warming refreshment whilst creating their own Christmas cards and decorations. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/seasonal-celebrations.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Winter Birds Find out more about the birds visiting your garden this winter. Get some tips on how you can help them to survive the cold weather or book your place on our bird-spotting course. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/winter-birds.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Increase in Epping Forest Visitors We are pleased to see that the City of London's visitor centres in Epping Forest have seen a 15% increase in their visitor numbers. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/increase-in-epping-forest-visitors.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Half Millionth Learner Celebrations On 17th October, Epping Forest Field Centre delivered its half millionth learner experience. Isabella Lushington was presented with a certificate by Tony Fenwick, Epping Forest Visitor Services Manager. Isabella was also given a cake to share with the other visiting pupils and staff from Woodford Green Preparatory School. The Centre has a long standing link with the school and the commitment of the school to high standards and to Learning Outside the Classroom is well recognised by staff who have enjoyed working with the school for many years. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/half-millionth-learner-celebrations.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Family Learning The Centre is putting increased emphasis on families learning together. Not only does this provide shared enjoyment and quality time for families. It is also a really good way to promote environmental understanding and fuller appreciation of Epping Forest. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/family-learning.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Excellent Feedback Teachers from all 25 schools in the Discovering Epping Forest project rated the overall experience in the highest category for Module One. We hope to continue this success as we and our partners complete the final year of the project. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/excellent-feedback.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Award nomination http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/award-nomination.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Brilliant place to volunteer “It’s great working in an outdoor environment as part of a friendly team that always make me feel valued”. Find out what else our volunteer Michele Gannon has to say about her time at Epping Forest Field Centre and how you can become a volunteer too! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/brilliant-place-to-volunteer.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 The face behind facebook Hear more from Kathy about how we are using social media and search engine optimization to reach more people. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/the-face-behind-facebook.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Discovering Epping Forest Special Offer Your school has been a valued partner in the Discovering Epping Forest project we would like to continue to work with you now the project has come to an end. We have exciting opportunities and a very generous offer for you. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/discovering-epping-forest-special-offer.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Science for all years Get your pupils excited about Science from the very beginning by bringing your Year 7 classes to do ecology fieldwork. A visit to the Centre is also a great way to encourage Year 9 pupils to choose the triple Science option for GCSE or inspire A-level students to study biology at university. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/science-for-all-years.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Expanding our reach If you are looking at ways of reducing the cost of Learning Outside the Classroom, why not take your students to an area local to your school where Epping Forest Field Centre staff will meet you? http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/expanding-our-reach.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Mind the Gap Epping Forest Field Centre is currently a partner in an exciting joint European project aimed at bridging the gap between school and real life with reference to education for sustainability. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/mind-the-gap.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Discovering Epping Forest ‘Discovering Epping Forest’ is a forward thinking education programme, developed in partnership with the four education providers of the Forest: FSC Epping Forest Field Centre, Suntrap Forest Education, Epping Forest Centenary Trust and City of London. The three-year DEF programme is part of the HLF funded ‘Branching Out’ Project. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/discovering-epping-forest.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Learning for Biodiversity The Learning for Biodiversity Project funded by the City Bridge Trust will make an exciting step-change in the immediate and long-term capacity of Epping Forest Field Centre to deliver biodiversity education to Londoners. In turn, the learning for biodiversity - inspiration and increased knowledge, skill and understanding - will enable more Londoners to make a contribution to biodiversity in London. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/learning-for-biodiversity.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 New Arrivals In 2011 we welcome a new family to Epping Forest Field Centre. Having reinstated the video birdbox after external decorations to the centre in 2010 we hoped that local birds would soon start nesting within it. We were all happily surprised that this happened so soon! The Blue tits began laying eggs on 18th April and had six eggs by the end of the week. Fingers crossed for a healthy Blue tit family! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/new-arrivals.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 New look management team The Head of Centre at Epping Forest Field Centre, Steve Bunce is delighted with the progress of the Centre’s three Team Leaders; Anneke Kempton, Hannah Rose and Rosie Withill. <br><br> http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/new-look-management-team.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Biodiversity for London Families Our Drop in Day for families in West Ham Park was a great success. Run as part of the Learning for Biodiversity project, the event gave families the chance to meet the amazing creatures that live on their doorstep and learn how they can protect London’s biodiversity. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/biodiversity-for-london-families.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Elevating Success During the first two weeks of August, sixty youths aged 8 to 14 from London boroughs including Croydon and Lewisham visited the Centre as part of the Elevating Success Summer Scheme. The children ‘thoroughly enjoyed themselves’ learning and trying out survival skills and pond dipping. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/elevating-success.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Building Hotels Our team has been busy building Insect Hotels in selected school grounds ready for the new school year. We are hoping to improve biodiversity and allow continued outdoor learning. Let’s hope the insects enjoy their stay! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/building-hotels.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:52 Green to Gold We took part in a celebration of outdoor activities as part of the City of London’s Green to Gold campaign. Rosie from the Centre encouraged, engaged and inspired school children and families to use London’s open spaces for orienteering. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/green-to-gold.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:53 New Courses Visit our centre this autumn to experience the Forest at its most colourful and experience our new and improved science and geography courses. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/new-courses.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:53 Half Term Eco-activities Terrific out-of-school learning opportunities for primary children. Outdoor activities including minibeast hunting and shelter building enable children to explore Epping Forest and increase their environmental understanding. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/half-term-eco-activities.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:53 Great resources Download free resources for exciting activities that encourage Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils to discover, explore and investigate their local environment at www.migaproject.eu http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/great-resources.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:53 Practice makes perfect By trialling the same course up to 75 times and learning from all 1,000 courses we teach each year we are improving the quality of the education we deliver. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/practice-makes-perfect.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:53 Free learning resources with Lessons from Nature Epping Forest Field Centre is currently offering free learning resources and teacher training as part of the Lessons from Nature project. http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/free-learning-resources-with-lessons-from-nature.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:44 Dust Buster! http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/londonregion/eppingforest/news/dust-buster!.aspx webmaster@field-studies-council.org 18/12/2015 11:05:53