19th July 2013 at 01:00


Outdoor learning for 5- to 11-year-olds

1. Working outdoors

Give students an idea of what working outdoors involves with this plan from Growing Schools. They will learn how to handle tools safely, develop their coordination and build respect for others.

2. Mathematics: symmetry

Draw a circle on the ground for each student, then encourage them to work creatively with symmetry by placing classroom objects in both halves to form a pattern.

3. Mathematics: measuring

Your class will need to work as a team as they investigate different ways of measuring the size of their playground. Follow-up ideas for use in the classroom are also available.

4. Mathematics: mazes

Use chalk to set up a mathematics maze for some outdoor numeracy fun. Children must jump the right number of squares if they want to reach the centre quickly.

5. Mathematics: fractions

Practise ordering fractions in this fun outdoor activity, in which children use mini whiteboards to work out which fractions and decimals are greater than, less than or equal to each other.

6. Science: habitats

Do you know your earwigs from your caterpillars? Do your students? Encourage children to make observations about local habitats with this lesson plan and worksheet.

7. Gardening: herbs

If you have limited outside space, maximise the potential of your school grounds by using these guidelines to build a book-shaped herb garden.

8. Activity ideas

Need inspiration for outdoor activities? These ideas and games, from number hunts to giant dominoes, are easily adaptable for early years and primary classes.

9. Phonics bingo

Hide these phonics flash cards outdoors, then get children to find and match them to the words on their bingo sheet. The first student to match all the sounds wins.

10. Gardening: sowing seeds

Teach children about the issues facing farmers, such as climate change, by getting them to plant their own seeds and chart their progress as they grow.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyPrimary LessonsJuly19


National Parks Week UK, 29 July - 4 August

1. Introduction

This well-presented resource pack includes a PowerPoint, student booklet and factsheets bursting with information about seven of the UK's national parks, from location and size to visitor numbers and average spend.

2. All in a day's work

What does a national park warden do? Students work independently to find out in this lesson from OrdnanceSurvey.

3. Quarrying role play

Students pretend to be quarry managers, residents or park representatives, and debate whether a quarrying development should go ahead in a national park in the North of England.

4. Managing tourism

National parks are meant to be used but what effect does tourism have on them? This presentation considers environmental pressures and offers suggestions on how they might be resolved.

5. Revision dominoes

Play your way through revision with these dominoes, which test students' knowledge of key terminology - such as "sustainable development" and "accessibility" - and help them to recall important facts and figures about national parks.

6. Brecon Beacons

Introduce the concept of national parks with a case study on the Brecon Beacons in Wales, shared by NGfLCymru.

7. Conflicts and impacts

This PowerPoint explores geographical location, the impact of tourism and the needs of people who use national parks, introducing students to a wide range of views.

8. Peak practice

No satnavs allowed: students practise their map skills and consider political, economic, environmental and demographic factors in a lesson on Snowdonia National Park in Wales.

9. Yorkshire Dales

What are land-use conflicts? Who is involved in them? Teach students about the groups affected, their viewpoints and how conflicts arise with these handouts on a national park in the North of England.

10. Conflicts

Using a conflict map, students identify and learn about the views of nine people who want to enjoy their local national park. The problem is: they all have conflicting ideas on how to preserve it.

Find these lesson plans at bit.lyNationalParksWeek2013


1. Transition toolkit

Transition can be a tricky time for young people with autistic spectrum disorders. This resource from autismeducationtrust summarises the common issues and offers practical solutions.


2. SEN identifiers

Get to grips with the differences between frequently used special educational needs labels, such as ADHD, autism and dyslexia, with the help of Matt Grant's checklist.


3. All change

How will the forthcoming changes to the special educational needs system in England affect you? Find out with an overview provided by Kerin.


5. assemblies

Crossing the tracks Britain has approximately 6,500 level crossings. Show students how to stay safe during the summer break in an assembly about railway safety. bit.lyRailwaySafety

Be one of a kind Use this assembly script based on Danny Wallace's bestselling book Join Me to inspire your students to carry out random acts of kindness. bit.lywallaceassembly

Stop the rot Reveal the negative impact of litter and highlight what can be done to stop it. bit.lylitterassembly

It all adds up Explore how different cultures have contributed to the history of numbers, then show your students the importance of mathematics in everyday life. bit.lynumeracyassembly

Mind your manners Engage your students with a dingbats guessing game on good manners. bit.lymannersassembly.


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