To protect or develop a natural area? That is the question! NW300 / C24

Start date
10 Oct 24
1 Day
Abergele Rugby Club, Dundonald Avenue, Abergele LL22 7AZ View on Google Map

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An application for a major ‘out of town’ retail and leisure development has been submitted by a commercial development company.  Will the Council’s planning committee support the suggestions of the enterprising, creative contributors who want to develop the land, boost the local economy, and create jobs? Or will the objections of ethically, informed citizens who want to protect the landscape for future generations, sway them to reject the proposal? 

More than just a geographical location, the term ‘cynefin’ can be used to describe our relationship with the natural environment and how that connection shape’s our identity, well-being, and sense of belonging.  The course will offer participants an opportunity to reflect on the history, culture, spirituality, and heritage of the area whilst exploring the concept of cynefin. 

This training session will share a range of cross-curricular activities that will provide educators with ideas to encourage learning in, learning about and learning for the natural environment.  With the Curriculum for Wales as a guide, participants will consider the merits/drawbacks of the planning application through the 6 areas of learning and experience.

This training course offers face to face training in partnership with STEM Learning UK and Techniquest.  A £165 ‘Enthuse Bursary’ is available per attending teacher to pay towards supply cover. 

Who is it for?

Teachers, Educators.

What topics are covered?

STEM, Science, Cross Curricular

How will you learn?

Face to face

How long is this course?

1 day

Who is the course leader?


Educators will:

  • Explore the concept of ‘cynefin’ and will consider it’s significance
  • Complete cross-curricular outdoor learning activities and challenges which incorporate the 6 Areas of Learning and Experience.
  • Investigate what impact the proposal could have on the natural environment and on human health and well-being.  
  • Consider how the proposal could change the visual, sensory, historic and cultural character of the area if successful.


1 Wales bespoke template10 October 202409:30-15:30Abergele Rugby Club


Feedback from teachers on a previous course:

  • “The course is so adaptable for any place or setting. Lots of really good information and ideas.”
  • “Loved the course, lots of ideas to take back to school.”
  • “The practical outdoor activities made me think about so many ways I could implement them so easily into my current topic.”

Putting the training into practice

‘To protect or develop a natural area?’ that was the question that Stacey Jones, a Year 4, 5 and 6 mixed class teacher from Lixwm Church in Wales Voluntarily Aided School, Flintshire recently put to her learners.  Having worked through the activities shared on the training, what did her learners think the future should hold for Halkyn Mountain, an area close to the school?  Read all about it here

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State-funded school or collegeActivity feeFreeSubsidy available*£165.00
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity feeFree

* Your school or college will receive the subsidy on successful completion of the CPD and impact toolkit. Find out more.

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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