Hamish Burnett

Hamish Burnett
School Nature Grants Project

“I love the practical nature of the role and supporting staff to make their own discoveries whilst working with new schools”

About Hamish

When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?

I began working for LtL in mid April 2021.

My role involves supporting staff to lead outdoor learning with their schools by offering hands on training across a variety of subjects. I love the practical nature of the role and supporting staff to make their own discoveries whilst working with new schools and also working out how they can best bring effective outdoor learning to their school community.

Prior to this I worked for four years as a Learning Officer in a London Park teaching the primary curriculum outdoors in the park to visiting schools from the borough of Newham. I first got into outdoor learning after completing a Forest School course whilst teaching Art in a secondary school where I began my career in 2012.

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?

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Passion for being outdoors and seeing people of all ages learn and collaborate.

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The cumulative time spent problem solving to come up with primary curriculum linked lesson ideas and activities with minimal resources.

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My own ongoing interest in learning new teaching skills and trying out new techniques.

Hamish’s LtL Experience

Coffee Sack

Why a coffee sack?

Coffee sacks are a fantastic outdoor teaching aid. They are primarily used for organising equipment and giving children an easily moved outdoor workstation so they don’t lose equipment. They also act as a meeting point so groups can meet back together or to gather around and share the result of a session (see photo). Beyond this primary purpose, they are infinitely adaptable! For example; carrying sticks for a fire, a source of natural string, making into a shelter or small tent.

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