Taking part in a beach clean is an excellent way of learning about our environment and raising awareness of marine conservation. It’s also a good opportunity to take learning outside of the classroom and into your local environment.
Marine litter is a problem that we can all play a part in solving, and what better way to start than with a day at the beach!
Forests play an important role in all sorts of literature, providing symbols and settings in classic texts, fairy tales, modern children’s stories and poems. A visit to the forest with your class can inspire creative writing, imaginative language and vocabulary, as well as providing the backdrop for role play and performance.
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
We are often told to draw what we see, rather than just what we think we see. However, this lesson encourages pupils to draw what they want to show, rather than just what they see. To do this, pupils will have to really understand the object in front of them by closely observing it, before then trying to get this across in their leaf drawing.
“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.
Using the fabulous Sound Collector poem written by Roger McGough the children are given the chance to collect their very own sounds in a lesson perfect, not only for creative writing, but also for developing excellent speaking and listening skills.
Dog poo is ‘worming’ it’s way on to our streets. It’s dangerous, disgusting and avoidable. This pack includes a wide range of supporting curriculum linked lesson plans (perfect for upper KS2 and a mini project) pre written risk assessments, promotional posters and suggestions for how to organise your day. It was originally created for Bristol's Poo Patrol Big Spray Day but can easily be adapted for your school community. Perfect for a persuasive writing project, a data handling block focusing on real life data or an art project with a purpose.
A outdoor lesson plan in which primary school pupils imagine the world without any light. Drawing from nature for ideas and inspiration, they design ‘stick people’ with special features and powers to live in a world of darkness. The lesson is best done in a woodland or other natural environment, with an optional extension back in the classroom.
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!
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.
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.