Outdoor Learning

01 Mar 2016

Storytelling with Stick Man

Storytelling with Stick Man is a fun activity to bring literacy to life and inspire children to tell stories using natural resources and the space to move about in an outdoor environment. The activity is based on the popular Stick Man book by Julia Donaldson making it particularly suitable for FS1 and KS1 children […]

03 Aug 2016

Making a Simple Dichotomous Key

This fun activity for KS1 children to make a dichotomous key for their friends to use is an interesting way to introduce the concept of classification of living things. It can also be extended for KS2 by applying these principles to real living things found in an outdoor environment using […]

03 May 2016

Natural Sensory Tubes

Creating natural sensory tubes is a fun activity that gives children the opportunity to learn about the seasons and the environment around them whilst also exploring a range of sensory experiences. This activity is really easy to set up with just a few simple resources and an outdoor area. Resources A ground […]

29 Apr 2016

Den Building and PHSE

Den building offers countless development opportunities and is particularly good for building confidence and resilience as well as learning to take turns, compromise and problem solve. Den building also gives children the chance to build communication and develop maths and physical skills and even get creative with process art. Most importantly though […]

21 Apr 2016

Citizen Science for Schools: 5 W...

Citizen science is a great way for children to get inspired by getting involved in providing data for real scientific projects giving some great benefits to both the children and the organisations involved. The benefits for children can be far reaching and include spending more time outdoors, a better understanding […]

20 Apr 2016

Forest School Games: Guess the T...

This fun forest school game is a good way of practising communications skills by encouraging children to use descriptive language, whilst also developing confidence and a range of cross-curricular skills such as team building. You will need Outdoor area with a number of accessible trees One blindfold per pair of […]

07 Mar 2016

Comparing Seasons Using Painting...

Image source Many famous artists have used the seasons as a theme in their art. In this cross-curricular activity, Year 1 children use the artwork of Claude Monet to investigate the seasons and weather. The ideas can easily be adapted for use with other artworks, to fit with your topic […]

29 Jan 2016

Outdoor Maths: Arrays for KS1

Using arrays to teach multiplication and division skills is a great way to give children useful mental images. In this fun outdoor maths activity, children use digital cameras or tablets to record the arrays they find all around them, and those that they create for themselves. For this outdoor maths activity you […]

14 Oct 2015

Blackberry Paint for Autumn

This fun blackberry painting activity for early years and reception children can be a bit messy but it is lots of fun, especially when done outdoors in the autumn. It is super simple to set up. Some blackberries crushed using a pestle and mortar make a beautifully rich natural and […]

02 Oct 2015

5 Ideas for Outdoor Phonics

The outdoor classroom is a great place for children to practice phonics skills with plenty of natural light, fresh air and space for moving around. Here are 5 fun outdoor activities to help engage children in literacy and learning. Shoot the Baddies We love this idea from Rock My Classroom […]