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.
A practical activity during which primary school pupils make mini-shelters from natural materials. This lesson enables pupils to work in teams to create, present and peer review mini-dens. Perfect for some outdoor learning activity!
This is a simple set of activities inspired by the humble leaf; reinforcing the Eden Project's mantra that outdoor learning is easy, cheap and doesn’t need tonnes of planning. The lesson has been designed to help teachers cover the following subject areas: KS2 Maths – measurement, geometry and statistics and is perfect for an outdoor-based autumn maths class, as it gets pupils using leaves to measure and calculate.
There are more than one million insect species in the world – from fleas that can jump 200 times their body length to houseflies that taste with their feet – so it's no wonder they provide an infinite source of fascination for so many children.
“We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” ― Andy Goldsworthy
This lesson, based on his work, aims to readdress this balance and reconnects children with the natural world that surrounds them.
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.
Ranging from scene setting in which the children will become familiar with the forest environment to making maps, using symbols and developing associated language. It's brilliantly hands on and creative!
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