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Alfresco Learning is an outdoor learning company, created by two former primary school teachers. We aim to get children out of their chairs and experiencing the outdoor world; whilst empowering educators to unlock the potential in their outdoor space. We offer high-quality lesson plans for across the primary age range to promote active, hands-on learning. We have a variety of individual and school subscription packages on our website, or you download individual planning units on our TES shop.

Alfresco Learning is an outdoor learning company, created by two former primary school teachers. We aim to get children out of their chairs and experiencing the outdoor world; whilst empowering educators to unlock the potential in their outdoor space. We offer high-quality lesson plans for across the primary age range to promote active, hands-on learning. We have a variety of individual and school subscription packages on our website, or you download individual planning units on our TES shop.
Year 1 - Seasonal Changes - Outdoor Science Learning
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Year 1 - Seasonal Changes - Outdoor Science Learning

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3 outdoor lesson plans covering: • Observing seasonal changes • Comparing evergreen and deciduous trees • Observing seasonal changes in the weather Also included are 4 outdoor activity packs covering autumn, winter, spring and summer. All lesson plans and activity packs are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. They all cover National Curriculum objectives. The most cost-effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
LKS2 - History - Romans - Outdoor Learning
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LKS2 - History - Romans - Outdoor Learning

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6 outdoor lesson plans covering: Understanding how and when the Romans invaded Britain. Understanding how a Roman town was laid out. Understanding how Romans built roads. Understanding why and how Romans made mosaics. Understanding how the Romans transported water to towns. Constructing a timeline of the Roman Empire. All lesson plans focus on the Roman Empire and are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities to fully immerse all your children in this time period. The most cost effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Outdoor Phonics - Phase 5 Activity Pack
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Outdoor Phonics - Phase 5 Activity Pack

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Outdoor reading and writing activities to take your Phase 2 phonics sessions outside into nature! This pack contains 8 different activities to use in your phonics planning. All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. The most cost effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Year 3 - Rocks & Soils - Science Outdoor Learning
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Year 3 - Rocks & Soils - Science Outdoor Learning

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5 outdoor lesson plans covering: • Comparing and grouping different rocks • Comparing permeability of rocks • Comparing durability of rocks • Understanding how some fossils are formed • Investigating the composition of different soil types All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. They all cover National Curriculum objectives. The most cost-effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
KS1 - History - Great Fire of London - Outdoor Learning
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KS1 - History - Great Fire of London - Outdoor Learning

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4 outdoor lesson plans covering: Retelling the significant event of the Great Fire of London Understanding why The Great Fire of London spread Understanding how fire safety has changed over time Investigating which materials are the most suitable for modern houses All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities while immersing your children in the history of this event. The most cost effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Year 3 Maths - Place Value - Outdoor Unit
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Year 3 Maths - Place Value - Outdoor Unit

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4 outdoor lesson plans covering: Recognising the place value of each digit in a 3-digit number. Representing numbers to 1000 in different ways. Representing numbers to 1000 on a number line. Finding 10,100 more and 10,100 less than a given number. All lesson plans focus on representing numbers to 1000 and are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. The most cost effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk
Year 2 - Living things and their habitats - Outdoor Learning
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Year 2 - Living things and their habitats - Outdoor Learning

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6 Science outdoor lesson plans covering: • Identifying and naming a variety of animals and plants • Comparing living, dead and never alive • Animals living in habitats to which they are suited • How habitats provide for the needs of living things • Food chains All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. They all cover National Curriculum objectives. The most cost-effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Year 2 - Ordering & Comparing Numbers - Outdoor Unit
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Year 2 - Ordering & Comparing Numbers - Outdoor Unit

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5 outdoor lesson plans covering: • Comparing objects • Comparing numbers up to 100 • Ordering numbers to 100 • Counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10, forwards and backwards • Counting in steps of 3, forwards and backwards All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. The most cost effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Year 4 - Length & Perimeter - Outdoor Learning
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Year 4 - Length & Perimeter - Outdoor Learning

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4 outdoor maths lesson plans covering: • Conversion between units of measure • Measuring perimeter of a rectangle • Solving problems involving perimeter of rectilinear shapes All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. They all cover National Curriculum objectives. The most cost-effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it and download a free sample lesson plan here:https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Year 1 - Time -Maths Outdoor Learning
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Year 1 - Time -Maths Outdoor Learning

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5 outdoor lesson plans covering: • Organising events in time order • Comparing and describing time • Hands on the clock face • To show o’clock and half past • To tell the time to o’clock and half past All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. They all cover National Curriculum objectives. The most cost-effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
KS1 Geography - UK Countries & Capitals - Outdoor Unit
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KS1 Geography - UK Countries & Capitals - Outdoor Unit

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6 outdoor lesson plans covering: Knowing the difference between city, town and village. Identifying the characteristics of England. Identifying the characteristics of Scotland. Identifying the characteristics of Wales. Identifying the characteristics of Northern Ireland. Naming, locating and identifying the four countries and capital cities of the UK. All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. The most cost effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Year 2 - Materials - Science Outdoor Learning Unit
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Year 2 - Materials - Science Outdoor Learning Unit

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5 outdoor lesson plans covering: • Identifying the suitability of everyday materials • Comparing the suitability of everyday materials • To investigate absorbancy • To find out how the shapes of solid objects can be changed • Investigating bending and stretching All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. They all cover National Curriculum objectives. The most cost-effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
KS1 Geography - Mapping - Outdoor Unit
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KS1 Geography - Mapping - Outdoor Unit

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5 outdoor lesson plans covering: • Constructing a simple map • Basic symbols in a key • Using compass directions to describe a route • Locating features using compass points • Using aerial photographs to identify features All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. The most cost-effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Outdoor Phonics - Phase 3 Activity Pack
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Outdoor Phonics - Phase 3 Activity Pack

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Outdoor reading and writing activities to take your Phase 2 phonics sessions outside into nature! This pack contains 14 different activities to use in your phonics planning. All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. The most cost effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Year 2 - Shape - Maths Outdoor Unit
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Year 2 - Shape - Maths Outdoor Unit

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6 outdoor lesson plans covering: • Identifying and describing properties of 2D shapes • Lines of symmetry • 2D shapes on the faces of 3D shapes • Identifying and describing properties of 3D shapes • Patterns and sequences using shapes • Describing direction and movement using mathematical vocabulary All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. The most cost effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Year 2 - Addition - Maths Outdoor Learning
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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 designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. They all cover National Curriculum objectives. The most cost-effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Outdoor Learning Games
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Outdoor Learning Games

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Suitable for early years, KS1 and KS2, these outdoor games are a great way to introduce your class to outdoor learning. They can be used as short boundary games to start your outdoor learning sessions or as quick playtime activities. You can read more about how to use this resource here.
LKS2 English - Poetry - Outdoor Learning
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LKS2 English - Poetry - Outdoor Learning

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4 outdoor lesson plans covering: Exploring different forms of poetry. Composing a ‘found poem’, making choices about vocabulary, mood and form. Collecting descriptive vocabulary to use in our writing, and to evaluate vocabulary choices. Composing a poem using a syllabic form. All lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, require minimal resources and offer differentiated activities. These lessons give a great hook into poetry and act as a stimulus for writing. The most cost effective way to access our lesson plans is with a subscription to our Outdoor Planning Hub. Find out more about it here: https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/
Creating a Natural Classroom
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Creating a Natural Classroom

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A FREE guide full of inspiration for incorporating more nature in your indoor space and creating eco-friendly displays. This guide gives you advice on plants that are suitable for the classroom, as well as how to approach your displays to ensure you bring a connection to nature inside your classroom as well as outdoors. It is a great resource for any educator wanting to utilise nature in their indoor teaching practice. Find out more about the benefits of moving towards a more natural classroom here.
SAMPLE LESSON PLAN - Year 1 - Adding 1-digit numbers
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SAMPLE LESSON PLAN - Year 1 - Adding 1-digit numbers

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This free sample lesson plan is available for you to download so you can view the type of outdoor planning you’ll find inside our units. All of our lesson plans are designed to be delivered outdoors, with minimal resourcing and prep needed. They cover National Curriculum objectives and provide you with success criteria and differentiation strategies for each lesson. Our subscription plans are the most cost-effective way to access all our lesson plans, as well as provide exclusive extra content. Find out more here https://alfrescolearning.co.uk/our-services/planning-hub/