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TES collection Outdoor learning

Resources | Published 17 June, 2011

Outdoor learning

Primary teaching resources collections

Ideas for outdoor learning

A series of resources collections full of ideas and inspirations for outdoor learning for Primary and Early Years - Each collection contains teaching ideas and pupil activities, reviewed and recommended by teachers for teachers. Find Geography, Maths, English and Science resources, plus many more creative ideas for cross-curricular learning.

Early Years outdoor play

Outdoor fun in the Early Years

Activities and games for outdoor play

The Books of Julia Donaldson

Stories to inspire creative outdoor activities

Song, rhymes and lyrics

The best song collection for Early Years ever

Collections for resources for creative outdoor learning at Primary school

Pattern in art – Primary Art

Take inspiration from both natural patterns and man-made designs

Local study – Primary Geography

Materials to support learning about your local area

Environmental Issues – Primary Geography

Lesson plans, interactive games, quizzes and worksheets, focussing on climate change, energy-efficiency, recycling and transport.

English, Maths and Science resources to support learning outside

English– collections of Primary English resources

Explanation texts – a TESiboard collection of whiteboard activities

Non-fiction texts about animals and plants

Information texts – a TESiboard collection of whiteboard activities

Non-fiction texts about mammals & birds, minibeasts, reptiles & amphibians, plants & trees

Maths– collections of Primary Maths resources

Capacity - a TESiboard collection of whiteboard activities

Try these whiteboard activities when preparing for outside maths sessions exploring capacity with water etc.

Data handling

Perfect ideas for maths skills to be applied in outdoor learning projects

Position, direction and movement - a TESiboard collection of whiteboard activities

A great maths learning topic for outdoors, use these whiteboard activities before and after going outside

Position, direction and movement

Great maths learning topic for outdoors. A collection of teacher shared materials to support this

Shape and space KS1

Another great maths learning topic for exploring the world around us

Shape and space KS2

Take your class outside for maths learning in action. Great maths learning topic for outdoors.

Science– collections of Primary Science resources


Resources providing all sorts of details about our feathered friends, with various bird-related activities and ideas.

Earth Sun Moon

Space, planets and solar activities, IWB, worksheets and planning resources

Food chains

Animals and plants need each other to survive. A simple enough premise, but how do we teach about the web of life?


Here are resources to help you plan and to inspire your pupils to discuss, explore and experiment


Biology and ecology activities, interactive whiteboards, planning and photos.

Material properties

Resources to kick-start a unit on materials, focusing on their uses, qualities and behaviour


Minibeast games, activities, displays, posters, worksheets and plans


Lesson plans, interactive screens and exciting practical activities

TES Primary classroom teaching resources

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Comment (2)

  • I'm pleased this has been put together. I have an extensive blog which nursery and primary practitioners may find helpful, called "I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!" I add posts twice per week, there's a research page and various other bits. Please enjoy!

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    21 June, 2011

    Juliet Robertson

  • Great stuff, lots of good outdoor learning ideas! Let's get creative and get children outside engaging with their environment.!

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    22 June, 2011


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