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Gareth Mate's Teaching Resources

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Teacher and Outdoor Educator providing a wide range of teaching resources for use in the classroom and the Great Outdoors. Website: www.garethmate.com

Teacher and Outdoor Educator providing a wide range of teaching resources for use in the classroom and the Great Outdoors. Website: www.garethmate.com
Outdoor Learning - Nature Walk
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Outdoor Learning - Nature Walk

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Outdoor Learning - Nature Walk resource. Nature Walk resource that can be implemented at both KS1 and KS2 levels. It can be used as a stand-alone resource within Forest Schools lessons and can also support Literacy-based activities in the classroom. Resources develop the use of our sense together with Literacy skills. More Outdoor resources will follow.
Information Texts
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Information Texts

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English resource - Identifying the key features of an Information Text. I made and used this resource with my class of 8 year olds. They seemed to like it, when identifying the key features of an Information Text. Easy to use and can be adapted to suit the needs to f the class.
Outdoor Learning - Using your Senses
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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 learning strategies to develop curiosity and overall interest. It seemed to work! More information can be found on www.garethmate.com
Outdoor Learning - Shelter Building
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Outdoor Learning - Shelter Building

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A PowerPoint that can be adapted to suit your needs. This activity focuses on building and outdoor shelter and gives some structure on how to do this. Ideas can start in the classroom and build around writing and drawing tasks. Before all of those ideas are put into practice out in the field. Ideal for Primary age children.
Writing - Christmas Holiday Recount
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Writing - Christmas Holiday Recount

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Here is a Christmas Holiday recount template for your pupils to reflect upon and complete after the festive season. This can be done in school, through distance learning or for homework! This template includes a planning sheet, targets and self-reflection boxes, as well as writing paper. Happy Christmas! www.garethmate.com
Ancient Egyptian - Thinking Tasks
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Ancient Egyptian - Thinking Tasks

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Here is a selection of thinking tasks that will support the History topic of Ancient Egyptians. There are 8 different thinking tasks that can be used in any History lesson. They can be delivered as a stand-alone activity or further developed into a mini topic, to support other ideas. These tasks are ideal for developing Creative Thinking and Speaking and Listening within your class. They can be used across both KS1 and KS2.
Outdoor Learning - Nature Art
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Outdoor Learning - Nature Art

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Creating themed artwork from natural materials. Now is your chance to get outside and explore your local surroundings. Use what natural materials you find and reuse them to create an artistic masterpiece. This activity is suitable for any Primary age group and has really good potential to be extended into other areas of the school curriculum. Perfect for Writing lessons and Drama activities.
English resources - Playground Project
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English resources - Playground Project

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This is a Playground Project activity I have used many times before and adapted it to suit the needs of the age group and audience. I have provided a wide variety of tasks which will hopefully allow all children to develop creativity in their presentation skills and writing tasks. I have used this as an after SATs activity and it worked pretty well.
New School Year
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New School Year

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A helpful resource for the start of a new school year. This resource can be used mainly in KS2 7-11 years. It provides children with an opportunity to explain a little more about themselves. Pages include: Introduction Coat of Arms Quote for the year ahead My Hobbies Things I like, Things I find tricky My Targets for the year ahead I have used this many times before and it always provides an easy way into a new school year. More information can be found on my website www.garethmate.com
Outdoor Learning - The Colours of Nature
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Outdoor Learning - The Colours of Nature

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Experience the wonders of the Great Outdoors with this simple Colours of Nature resource. This resource is for use in the outdoors and also in a classroom setting. This resource is suitable for both KS1 and KS2 levels. It can be used as a stand-alone resource within a Forest Schools or Outdoor Learning context and can also support extended Literacy-based activities or Art. The resources develops great self-awareness and further interest about the wider world around us. Especially focusing on Nature’s diverse range of colours. It can also help to develop simple Literacy skills through descriptive sentence work and poetry. It also provides children with the opportunity to develop nature’s colourful pallete through painting and colour mixing. More information can be found on my website www.garethmate.com
Outdoor Learning - Sound Postcards
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Outdoor Learning - Sound Postcards

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This resource allows you to create a very simple Sound Postcard. Maximise your time in the Outdoors by listening to the sounds you hear all around you. This is designed to used in both KS1 and KS2. A very simple resource. You can find more information on my website www.garethmate.com
Creative Thinkers
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Creative Thinkers

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A great resource and effective way to start the day or start lessons. I have used these Creative Questions, as a means of developing Speaking and Listening exercises in class. Very useful recource for high order thinking skills, at Upper Primary levels.
Outdoor Learning - Nature Storytelling
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Outdoor Learning - Nature Storytelling

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A very simple activity that encourages storytelling in the wonderful outdoors. An activity that can be easily adapted in order promote key skills like storytelling, together with Drama, and Speaking and Listening. Suitable for any age and outdoor environment. www.garethmate.com
Outdoor Learning - Outdoor Checklist
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Outdoor Learning - Outdoor Checklist

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Here is a simple Outdoor Checklist resource for use in the outdoors and also in the classroom. This resource is suitable for both KS1 and KS2 levels. It can be used as a stand-alone resource within a Forest Schools or Outdoor Learning context and can also support Literacy-based activities back in the classroom. The resources develops great self-awareness and further interest about the wider world around us. It also helps to develop simple Literacy skills through sentence structure. More information on www.garethmate.com
Outdoor Learning - Getting to know your Trees
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Outdoor Learning - Getting to know your Trees

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This simple lesson focuses on how to use your senses in the Great Outdoors. It focuses on exploring Trees and developing work around them. 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 learning strategies to develop curiosity and overall interest. This resource worked well and generated a wealth of ideas for further use. More information can be found on my website www.garethmate.com
Outdoor Learning -  Learning Journal template
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Outdoor Learning - Learning Journal template

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An Outdoor Learning template for you to use both inside and outside of the classroom. This template can be adapted to suit your needs. It provides a great opportunity to develop an ongoing journal about thoughts and stories about the outdoors.
Outdoor Learning - Bug Hunt
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Outdoor Learning - Bug Hunt

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Outdoor Learning - Bug Hunt. This is a perfect little activity which encourages any pupil to get outside and simply explore their surroundings. The main focus of this activity is to look for all types of Bugs, identify them, draw them and complete a creative poster all about them. It is a lot fun and always has an interesting outcome. Thanks for looking at this resource. www.garethmate.com
Outdoor Learning - Minibeast Hunt
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Outdoor Learning - Minibeast Hunt

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A Minibeast activity sheet for use in the outdoors and also in the classroom. This resource is suitable for both KS1 and KS2 levels. It can be used as a stand-alone resource within a Forest Schools or Outdoor Learning context and can also support Literacy-based activities back in the classroom. It is ideal for Speaking & Listening or small group work. Promoting responses to what minibeasts can be found all around us. This resource promotes a response and great understanding to what minibeasts can be found in our local Habitats. It develops great self-awareness and further interest about the wider world around us. More information on www.garethmate.com