Outdoor Learning

01 Mar 2016

Storytelling with Stick Man

Storytelling with Stick Man is a fun activity to bring literacy to life and inspire children to tell stories using natural resources and the space to move about in an outdoor environment. The activity is based on the popular Stick Man book by Julia Donaldson making it particularly suitable for FS1 and KS1 children […]

25 Feb 2021

Outdoor learning: What are the v...

Outdoor learning is a vital aspect of children’s lives. With the ongoing circumstances of the last year, a lot of children’s outdoor play and learning has been limited. In this blog, Early Years Editor, Angelica Celinska discusses the importance of outdoor learning and how we can make the most of it.   What are the […]

20 May 2019

Seasonal Detectives (KS2 English...

Resources: Clipboards Pencils Plain paper or sketchbooks Outdoor clothing including wellies Bug pots Trays Magnifying glasses Outdoor education kit – including first aid kit   Learning Outcomes: English – Spoken language Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge of […]

26 Mar 2019

Nature Walk

KS1 Science: Y1: Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees Resources needed: A digital camera A clipboard or notebook and pen per child Illustrated books on plants and trees Explain to the children that you are going to find and name […]

07 Aug 2018

Flower Dissection

KS1 Science: Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.   Resources needed: Large petal flowers such as tulips or daffodils Labelled diagram showing the simpler parts of a flower (adapt to group/class ability) Piece of A4 paper per child Pencils and pencil […]

03 Aug 2018

Make A Bird Feeder

    Making bird feeders is a great activity for children of all ages and a wonderful way to enthuse them about wildlife, think about habitats and start to appreciate how changes in weather affect birds and other animals. Birds are most in need of extra food in winter, but […]

03 Aug 2016

Making a Simple Dichotomous Key

This fun activity for KS1 children to make a dichotomous key for their friends to use is an interesting way to introduce the concept of classification of living things. It can also be extended for KS2 by applying these principles to real living things found in an outdoor environment using […]

03 May 2016

Natural Sensory Tubes

Creating natural sensory tubes is a fun activity that gives children the opportunity to learn about the seasons and the environment around them whilst also exploring a range of sensory experiences. This activity is really easy to set up with just a few simple resources and an outdoor area. Resources A ground […]

29 Apr 2016

Den Building and PHSE

Den building offers countless development opportunities and is particularly good for building confidence and resilience as well as learning to take turns, compromise and problem solve. Den building also gives children the chance to build communication and develop maths and physical skills and even get creative with process art. Most importantly though […]

21 Apr 2016

Citizen Science for Schools: 5 W...

Citizen science is a great way for children to get inspired by getting involved in providing data for real scientific projects giving some great benefits to both the children and the organisations involved. The benefits for children can be far reaching and include spending more time outdoors, a better understanding […]