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.

You can find out more information about Forest School at Ash Green here https://ashgreenprimary.co.uk/school/forest-school/

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”


18/06/20 – On Monday 1st June Staffordshire Wildlife Trust launched their annual #30dayswild challenge, to find out more please see below. This weekend is ‘Big Wildlife Weekend ‘ there are lots of fun things going on and prizes to be won, see below on how to take part. Scroll down to see how children in school have been taking part in the #30DaysWild challenge. It would be great to see as many of you as possible joining in and don’t forget to share what you get up to by dropping me an email ecushion@ashgreenprimary.co.uk


Big Wild Weekend 🦋🐞🏕

Every year during #30dayswild The Wildlife Trust hold special events to help get people closer to nature. This year it’s going to be slightly different with people being able to join in online. For more information and to take part click here.

Don’t forget to share your photos with us if you’d like them to feature on our #30dayswild display in school.

#30DaysWild!

On the 1st of June Staffordshire Wildlife Trust launched #30dayswild click here to read more and download your free pack.

To take part all you have to do is, do something wild every day for 30 days. It could be lying in long grass, planting a seed, making a bug hotel, feeding the birds, litter picking, wildlife photography, sketching an insect or baking hedgehog cakes! There are plenty of ideas online and in the free #30dayswild pack which you can download from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Last week reception enjoyed planting sunflower seeds, colouring in #30DaysWild posters and making bird nests out of dried grass.


On Monday 11th May the children who were in school had a brilliant time with Miss Cushion experiencing a Forest School session. They all took part in a range of exciting activities and they were able to explore their individual interests. The children were able to express their creative abilities by making tree spirits from clay and natural items such as acorn cups, dandelions, wildflowers, twigs and grass. Some of the children enjoyed being able to explore the environment to look for bugs, while others enjoyed doing bark rubbings, colour matching, and scavenger hunts.

It has also been great to see that you’ve been joining in at home too. This amazing tree spirit has been created by Theo Foxall in nursery, it looks wonderful on his English oak tree. Well done Theo!

Theo Foxall’s tree spirit.

Wild activities at home for kids!

On Monday 20th April Staffordshire Wildlife Trust launched their ‘Wild activities at home for kids!’ There are a range of FREE resources and activities that you can download, just visit their website.


Wild TV

Please find below this weeks schedule for Essex Wildlife Trust TV

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. 

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

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


RSPB

The RSPB have lots of activities, challenges, online games, wild stories, facts and competitions for all the family to enjoy. Just visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/ for more information.


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.


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

Countryfile https://www.countryfile.com/

Learning through landscapes https://www.ltl.org.uk/free-resources/

Naturally Learning https://www.naturallylearning.co.uk/50-outdoor-activities-toddlers/

Outdoor classroom day https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/resources/