Outdoor Learning

Welcome to the outdoor learning page!

On this page, you will find a variety of ideas and links to outdoor learning activities that you can do at home with children of all ages. Being outdoors in a natural environment has many benefits to our physical and mental health. As a Forest School Leader I feel passionate that children should be able to explore the natural world around them and its inhabitants. Outdoor learning activities can also be linked to areas of the National Curriculum.

I hope you enjoy spending time outdoors completing some of the activities, if you need any further guidance or if you’d like to share what you’ve been up to you can contact me at ecushion@ashgreenprimary.co.uk between 8:30am – 3:00pm Monday to Friday.

Have fun! Miss Cushion

“Not all classrooms have four walls”

Outdoor challenge – How many of these outdoor activities can you complete? Don’t forget to send your creations to Miss Cushion, she can’t wait to see them! Click here to download your Outdoor Learning Challenge sheet.

Download here https://ashgreenprimary.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Outdoor-Learning-Challenge.pdf

Create a nature journal
Miss Cushion is challenging you to explore and observe the nature in your garden. You could then record you findings in a nature journal.

Your journal could include drawings, writing, photos, leaf rubbings, pressed flowers or leaves and natural items.

Some things to think about:
• Can you identify the different parts of a flower?
• Can you identify the flowers in your garden?
• How many different types of birds can you spot?
• Do all leaves have the same vein pattern?
• What is special about spring time?
• Do all plants grow in spring?
• Can you make a rainbow from natural materials in your garden?
• What different textures can you find? Can you draw or describe them?
• How many different mini beasts can you find?

There are plenty of ideas on the internet – see the pictures below.

You can be as creative as you like and Miss Cushion would love to display some of them at school.

Be a garden bird detective – use this bird spotter sheet and see how many birds you can spot in your garden.

Identify summer flowers – use this sheet and see how many summer flowers you can find.

Get Wild

Why not find your wild side and have a go at some of these wild activities, send your photos to Miss Cushion. More activities can be found at https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wild-activities-families-and-schools

Can you make a fairy house?

I love this one from Wilderness Outdoor Education.

Wild TV

The below is taken from Essex Wildlife Trust website.

This Monday (30th March) Essex Wildlife Trust is launching WildlifeTV, a digital way for people to engage with their county’s wildlife and learn about ways that you can help protect it. 

From top tips on how to make your garden wildlife friendly and wildlife safaris to wild workouts and outdoor learning classes, Essex Wildlife Trust is determined to give people their daily dose of nature even if they’re stuck indoors.

There will be a range of informative videos across our social media channels, giving you the option to tune in at the best times for you. There are also episodes aimed at children on our Outdoor Learning and Nature Tots Facebook pages. 

Each week the Trust will be posting a TV-style schedule, on their website and across their social media channels, covering the breadth of the work the Trust does and bringing wildlife and nature into people’s homes when people need it most.

Alongside the digital episodes the Trust also has a host of wildlife webcams, live streams where you can watch the daily antics of barn owls, bats and badgers all from the comfort of your own home.

Check out the full TV schedule below:

Daily craft challenge

Countryfile are publishing daily fun craft projects and outdoor nature activities for children to enjoy at home, in the garden or the local area. Follow this link to find out more. https://www.countryfile.com/how-to/easy-craft-projects-for-children-to-do-at-home-during-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR2n3xJvhdMS7_usaJIA4RKHKjmVIFSzs8YxlOP8BQY2hDevYgRw20f3I5k


Watch wildlife from across the British Isles on webcams courtesy of the Wildlife Trust. Who knows what you might see! Just follow this link https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/webcams?fbclid=IwAR2cgXfuyxCLnUpSRSYxgaMn6rBk0MY9W7Wug1fsWpbeYOsFIdAMX8gYz20

Website links 

 Staffordshire Wildlife Trust  https://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/

 Muddy Puddle Teacher https://themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk/

 Nature Detectives from the Woodland Trust  https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/nature-detectives/

 Take it outside at Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search