Outdoor learning teaching resources

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

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.

Health and safety policy

  • This adaptable physical education policy features a valuable health and safety section.

Ofsted case study: Outdoor environment

  • An exhausting – and exhaustive – list of activities from Ofsted to keep children busy during the summer months

Working outdoors

  • This plan from Growing Schools introduces pupils to working outdoors and encompasses lots of skills including handling tools safely, developing coordination and respecting others.

Outdoor maths: Measuring

  • Your class will need to work as a team to investigate different ways of measuring the playground.

Outdoor maths: Mazes

  • Take your class outdoors to play this playground numeracy maze game.

Outdoor maths: Ordering fractions

  • Make ordering fractions fun with this creative outdoor activity.

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 gardening: Herb garden

  • Maximise the potential of your school grounds by using these guidelines from Growing Schools to build a book-style herb garden.

Outdoor activity ideas

  • A collection of ideas, activities and games for early years outdoor fun.

Outdoor phonics bingo

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

Victorian outdoor games and toys

  • Explore history during outdoor play with this visual resource from Herbert Learning on toys and games from the Victorian era.