Anya Perkins

Education Coordinator, Nature Play QLD

Anya moved to Queensland from the UK in September 2015 with the desire to continue to use her knowledge and experience to promote greater opportunities for children to engage in outdoor nature play based learning.

Whilst completing a degree in Primary Education she developed a professional interest in the area of outdoor nature play provision and took her study into outdoor learning further completing her Master in Education. She later spent five years as an Early Years and Primary teacher, while also training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader. Anya has created on-site Forest School areas, coordinated a whole school/ community development towards increasing outdoor nature play learning opportunities and has supported and trained colleagues and parents in the importance of regular nature play opportunities. She has also managed and delivered Forest School programs in and out of term times both in a childcare setting and in local woodlands.

In her spare time Anya is thoroughly enjoying exploring and discovering all the outdoor beauty Queensland has to offer.

Childhood Summit 2019 Childhood In Practice - Workshop - Education -

Primary School

Day 1 Afternoon - Childhood In Action - Education - Outdoor Learning Primary - Convenor

Day 2 & Day 3 Afternoon - Childhood In Practice - Workshop - Primary Education

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Childhood In Practice Workshop

The future of STEAM is outdoors

Workshop with Victoria Hyne

Day 2 and 3 Afternoon - 29th and 30th March, 2019

STEAM by definition, is hands on learning that applies to the world around us. What better way to discover, engage, invent and learn than out in the real world beyond the classroom?

People keep telling us that we have to prepare our students for the future, for jobs that haven’t been invented yet. At Moorooka State School we believe that our students can be successful in any future career path provided we give them multiple opportunities to demonstrate the values of Collaboration, Curiosity, Resilience and Growth through Challenge. Nature Play Qld mirror this philosophy through their outdoor learning inquiry stance.

Through this masterclass, in two parts, we will explore practical and inexpensive strategies to embed a whole school approach to taking STEAM subjects outdoors into your school grounds. In the first part you will unpack how outdoor learning aligns to the Australian Curriculum, participate in a carousel of hands on STEAM lessons outside of the conference venue and learn about risk-benefit play opportunities. In the second part we will collaborate with you to devise an achievable plan of action so that you can leave with a clear direction for your school’s improvement agenda. 

Attendees will also receive an Outdoor STEAM resource pack including; an adaptable Outdoor Learning Policy, STEAM challenge posters and ACARA mapped lesson plans.


Utilising the 5 E’s of Inquiry the masterclass activities will include:


Engage: Discover how QLD schools are bringing their STEAM subjects to life outside of the classroom in their school grounds, through a variety of case studies.

Explain: Learn the current researched benefits of children exploring STEAM subjects regularly outside of the classroom.


Explore: Explore a variety of practical and inexpensive outdoor STEAM lessons for Prep-6 (5-7 activities set up to 'play/test', with corresponding ACARA linked lesson plans)

Elaborate: Share experiences, further ideas and practice, in collaboration with other Principals.

Evaluate: Assess your school's current resources/priorities and devise an achievable 'next steps' action plan to begin to embed regular outdoor STEAM learning into your whole school practice. 

Childhood In Action Tour

Primary School Bus Tour

Day 1 Afternoon - 28th March, 2019

Come and join us on this unique, mobile outdoor learning in-action workshop. We will be visiting two incredibly inspiring and innovative state schools, who have embedded child-centric outdoor learning and nature play into their regular practice. We will also be running three mini workshops on the bus and providing you with a collection of ready to use resources, to support implementing outdoor learning and nature play practice at your school.

Mini Bus Workshop 1: Benefits Of Outdoor Learning And Nature Play For Primary Children

Stop 1: Moorooka State School – Principal Vicky Hyne shares the school’s journey towards embedding outdoor learning, nature and loose parts play and making tree climbing a reality. Tour the school grounds and observe outdoor learning in action, discussing challenges, advice, benefits witnessed and next steps for the school, in an open Q&A session.

Mini Bus Workshop 2: An Introduction To Risk-Benefit And Documenting The Child’s Voice

Stop 2: Hilder Road State School – Special Education Needs Teacher Kerry Forrest will share the brave and heartfelt development of the school’s Fish Creek Forest School program. We will visit and explore the Forest School site, discuss challenges, managing risks, witnessed benefits, advice and next steps for the school and your own practice.


Mini Bus Workshop 3: Putting A Plan Into Action At Your School


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