Outdoor learning ideas for primary

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

Sian Evans

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

Maths Outdoor Learning Cards
bubbly1981

Maths Outdoor Learning Cards

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I have printed these on to coloured paper and then display them on my classroom window so that the adults outside can see the learning intentions and have ideas to develop the children s play
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...
Taking writing beyond the classroom
BookSpace

Taking writing beyond the classroom

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Ideas for writing across the curriculum, writing to different audiences and writing on different materials plus suggestions for creating wonderful writing displays outside.

Cross-curricular resources

Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities
MrEarlyYears

Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

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6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This i...
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.
Summer Play - Booklet
naturedetectives

Summer Play - Booklet

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Booklet jam-packed with ideas to inspire children to play outside and enjoy the summer! Get kids outdoors exploring and bring the outdoors into your classroom with this fresh activity from the Woodland Trust's nature detectives website.
Talking Trees
SirenConservationEducation

Talking Trees

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Open the Powerpoint and hear famous actors performing tree monologues from a Talking Tree Trail by Siren Conservation Education. The lesson plan describes a class project to produce artwork and writing about British trees. You could use the output to produce an online gallery on the website Naturebo...
Outdoor Learning - Using your Senses
Gareth Mate

Outdoor Learning - Using your Senses

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This lesson plan is a comprehensive lesson plan for how to use your senses in the Great Outdoors. I have used this as a stand-alone lesson with a group of 8 & 9-year-olds. It can be adapted to suit any age group and of course can be changed to suit the needs of the group. I used a variety of le...