Outdoor learning ideas for primary

Core subject and cross-curricular lesson ideas for teaching EYFS and primary classes outside

Tes Resources Team

Child Taking Part In Outdoor Learning Activity Resource

Embrace the learning potential of the outdoor environment with this hand-picked selection of resources

As unpredictable as the British weather is, you can guarantee that as soon as the sun does come out your pupils will be longingly staring out the window and asking, “Miss, can we work outside?” And, who are we kidding; it’s probably where you want to be too!

That’s why we’ve gathered together an engaging collection of ideas for both core and cross-curricular lessons, designed to get students out in the fresh air. From investigation to imagination, outdoor learning will feel like a treat for your class this summer.

Core subject resources

Instruction Writing: Outdoor Magic Potions
Saving The Teachers

Instruction Writing: Outdoor Magic Potions

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It s time to get messy writing instructions for and making potions! This fun activity is sure it be a hit with your class while the learn about the key features in instruction writing such as imperative verbs and time connectives. At the end of it all they will have their own set of instructions f...
Outdoor Learning Spelling Activities - Flowers
Mrs_Dees_Classroom

Outdoor Learning Spelling Activities - Flowers

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There are 32 spelling activities included in these grids to take spelling outdoors! Most of the activities require minimal equipment or resources and can be completed by children independently, in pairs or as a whole class to practise spelling rules and patterns outdoors.
Tree Challenge - Outdoor Maths!
Lauren Vowles

Tree Challenge - Outdoor Maths!

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A powerpoint and worksheet to support activity of calculating the age of a tree. The activity allows children to measure, record, read maps (orienteering linked to PE) and calculate the age of different trees around the school field in a fun and creative way. To inspire the children, I gave th...
Year 2 - Addition - Maths Outdoor Learning
AlfrescoLearning

Year 2 - Addition - Maths Outdoor Learning

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6 outdoor lesson plans covering: Fact families to 20 Number bonds to 100 Adding 2-digit number and ones/tens Adding two 2-digit numbers without crossing tens Adding two 2-digit numbers using a blank number line Adding three 1-digit numbers together All lesson plans are desig...

Cross-curricular resources

KS1 Dreamcatchers - Forest School
CreativeClass13

KS1 Dreamcatchers - Forest School

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This was done in Forest School with a Year 2 class (they are half completed in the accompanying photo). We also read "The Crow's Tale" which is a Native legend with a nice moral and lovely pictures. Included are: Detailed Lesson Plan Examples (I printed these and stuck them on car...
Weather Diary
naturedetectives

Weather Diary

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A fab diary to record the changing weather. Temperature, rainfall, wind speed, cloudiness. Get kids outdoors exploring and bring the outdoors into your classroom with this fresh activity from the Woodland Trust's nature detectives website.
Outdoor Learning - Texture Walk
Gareth Mate

Outdoor Learning - Texture Walk

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This a simple and enjoyable activity based around going for a walk in the school grounds or further afield. It is a walk with a twist and a curricular focus that can have a wonderful educational impact on learning back in the classroom.