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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 - Texture Walk
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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.
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.
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 - 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
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 - 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
Creative Writing Prompts - Trees
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Creative Writing Prompts - Trees

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Here is the first list of ideas in my series of Creative Writing prompts. The purpose of these writing prompts is to encourage both children and adults to get outside, be inspired by their natural surroundings and start writing. These prompts focus on Trees.
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
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
Outdoor Learning - Observation Alphabet
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Outdoor Learning - Observation Alphabet

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Experience the wonders of the Great Outdoors with this simple Observation Alphabet resource. For use in the outdoors and also back 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 extended Literacy-based activities. The resources develops great self-awareness and further interest about the wider world around us. It also helps to develop simple Literacy skills through descriptive sentence work and poetry. More information can be found on my website www.garethmate.com
Outdoor Learning - Leaf Activity
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Outdoor Learning - Leaf Activity

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Leaves are pretty fantastic, all different shapes, sizes and colours. They can be easily used as the ideal resource, which can help with Speaking and Listening activities, as well as Creative Writing tasks. I feel the possibilities are endless. I have compiled a simple activity that helps promote Creative Writing in your class. It can be adapted to suit the needs of the audience or age group. I have even added suitable suggestions for integrating ICT and the use of the iPad or Tablet. This task has been ideal for my class of 8 & 9 year olds, but can be easily adapted and used in all age ranges.
Outdoor Learning - Lesson Plan - Senses
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Outdoor Learning - Lesson Plan - Senses

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This is a great lesson plan I have used many times before, as an introduction to Forest Schools and additional follow on activities. It focuses on the senses and encourages young learners to be more aware of their outdoor environment. The lesson is structured to suit the needs of the individual, enables children to work in groups and has suggested links to other areas of the curriculum. You can always alter elements of the lesson to suit the needs of your group.
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.
Improving Sentences
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Improving Sentences

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English resource for improving the quality of your sentences. Ideal for KS2 children. It can support work completed in class or it can be used as a homework activity.
Exercises for Kids
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Exercises for Kids

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A series of 10 exercises kids can do at home. All are very basic, but these simple exercises will allow kids to keep fit and stay healthy on a regular basis.
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
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 - 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 - 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