Summer teaching resources

Take advantage of the warmer weather and make summer the focus of your lessons with these creative ideas for fun activities outside. These primary and early years resources have been selected to help you introduce summer topics and encourage you to make the most of the great outdoors and the learning opportunities that lie outside the classroom.


Introducing summer

Discuss the changes we see when summer arrives, using this slideshow of key words and images that could be used as creative writing stimuli.

Summer planning

Plan a detailed and engaging summer-themed unit of work with the ideas outlined in this medium-term plan.

Write about summer

The simple images on this worksheet are paired with large spaces for writing words and phrases relating to summer.

Sun cream story

Teach children about the importance of wearing sunscreen with this illustrated booklet and accompanying presentation.

Summer sounds

Listen to all of the sounds you might hear on a lazy summer day in this video clip brought to you by Sesame Street.

Counting shells

Try this summery beach-themed resource to get students counting shells and in the mood for summer learning.

Summer wall chart

This poster from The Wildlife Trusts can be used as a class checklist and to decorate the classroom for summer.

Summer subtraction

This colourful worksheet replaces numbers with summer symbols to create a challenging thematic code activity.

Outdoor learning

Outdoor continuous provision plan

This detailed resource contains outdoor play planning for a reception class.

Outdoor topic planning

Plan an outdoor-themed topic using the variety of activity ideas in this resource.

Outdoor phonics bingo

A motivating outdoor phonics hunt where pupils must collect all the sounds to win.

Outdoor science: Exploring habitats

A comprehensive resource with planning, presentations and worksheets for pupils to make observations about different local habitats.

Outdoor growing: Sowing seeds

This Oxfam resource comes with cross-curricular links and planning for pupils to start growing their own plants.

Outdoor provision charts

Templates to plan ideas for child-initiated enhanced provision, under all seven learning areas, for outdoor learning.

Outdoor maths

A set of learning cards with ideas for outdoor maths activities.