Key Stage 1 Shape work is an absolute gift when it comes to learning outside the classroom. It can provide you with the perfect opportunity to make Maths come to life and get some fresh air at the same time! With a little creativity you can cover all the objectives for Y1 shape work, and many of those for Year 2 with these engaging outdoor sessions.
Bring science and art together in this inspirational outdoor lesson! Using the incredible Andrew Goldsworthy as inspiration; this lesson encourages children to use natural materials for sculptural purposes. By bringing science and art together the children are encouraged to be creative and exploratory whilst seeing natural resources in a whole different 'light'. The lesson could also work for KS2.
A brilliant way to develop D&T skills whilst getting closer to nature, this activity allows pupils (and teachers) to enjoy learning without worksheets, and shows that a classroom doesn’t need to have four walls! Investigate, design and build natural shelters with this fantastic cross-curricular lesson, created in partnership with One Tree Per Child. Explore what makes a good settlement, and look at dwelling designs across different time periods and different geographical locations.
Grammar is brought alive through the use of competitive games. Designed to be taught in an outdoor space the children can run free whilst consolidating their understanding of comparative language. Focusing specifically on comparative and superlative adjectives and the use of the suffixes -est - er.
What’s more exciting or compelling to children than minibeasts? In this session children use their senses to look, listen and touch their way around their outdoor space - encouraging a sense of curiosity that could lead to adventures and imaginative play. A lesson plan in which pupils explore their natural environment looking for minibeasts.
Pupils become wildlife explorers for the day and discover some of the wonderful wildlife in their school grounds or local neighbourhoods. By using these resources alongside the free wildlife recording app iNaturalist, pupils can submit biological records to local and national databases, helping scientists and researchers gain a greater understanding of a region's biodiversity
A wide range of practical maths perfect for a visit to your local forest and covering a wide range of curriculum objectives. Activities include tallying, estimating, shapes and patterns as well as a range of activities for back in the classroom.
Use the well loved story, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, to build confidence in descriptive language. Best introduced in a wonderful sensory environment such as a woodland, shore line or meadow, this lesson will encourage children to broaden their descriptive language and confidence as story tellers and story writers.
Focusing on the senses, students will explore sound to create a listening map, taste to enjoy a woodland picnic, touch to hug a tree, sight to match natural colours and smell to create a woodland perfume
Fractions are everywhere this festive season! Begin by spotting patterns and fractions in wintery shapes and go on to create your own simple baubles which are exploding with mathematical facts! This is an excellent way to use up all those scraps left over from Christmas card making, teaching children about recycling and reuse of materials.
All of our environmental games are under 20 minutes and use minimal resources so you can play them anywhere and at anytime. So, whether you are starting a new topic, need to burn off some class energy, or are waiting for the bus to turn up at the end of a school trip reach for our handy guide for short games with a natural and eco twist.