Let's go outside

4th April 2008 at 01:00
Spring is the perfect excuse to leave your classroom behind and embrace the joys of open-air teaching

Now is a good time to leave the confines of the classroom and take your children into the great outdoors. Whether it's for a few minutes, a full lesson, or an entire day, the benefits are huge.

Going outside with your class gives you a welcome change from routine and a chance to explore the natural world. It also provides an opportunity to make some mess without worrying what the cleaners will say.

You might set up a treasure hunt for younger pupils, based around mapping skills in geography. You could send rockets flying into the sky in a secondary science lesson.

On those rare sunny days, you might ask the children to lie on their backs and get inspiration from the cloud formations.

Do some preparation before leaving the confines of the classroom walls. Set the boundaries with pupils: identify any no-go areas and agree a clear signal for when you need the class to gather together.

Even if the background noises are of traffic rather than birdsong, it's wonderful to feel the sun beating on your back and the wind in your hair.

A teaching space without walls - what could be better?

Sue Cowley is an author, trainer and presenter. For more information visit www.suecowley.co.uk.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now